Sat, 18 Sep 2021

MADRID, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Argentinian midfielder Rodrigo De Paul has had a busy summer helping Argentina win the Copa America in Brazil and then joining La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old returns to Spain after five years with Italian side Udinese, where he earned a reputation for scoring important goals, to work with his fellow countryman Diego Simeone.

"Atletico is a giant club but with people who make you feel like family, as they had explained to me. This was one of my dreams," he told the official Atletico website.

"Now I'm here and I want to continue writing the history of this beautiful club that opened its doors to me," said the Argentinian.

De Paul was finally able to visit Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium which, like other La Liga grounds, will welcome fans back for the start of the new campaign in August.

"I want to see it full, with the Atletico fans celebrating a goal or cheering on the team. In football, the fans are a very important part of us," commented the midfielder, who expressed his delight at the reception he has received.

"The displays of affection have been incredible. People had told me about the love that the Atletico fan has for his club, but it surprised me," commented De Paul.

The midfielder said he had been "very well" received by the Atletico squad and that it was "incredible" to work with Simeone.

"I will learn a lot next to him and that motivates me a lot. We see football in the same way, we feel it in a similar way. We have a lot of competition for places and that will help us," he explained.

Finally, De Paul looked back to Argentina's triumph in Brazil.

"The team will go down in history, it was at the Maracana, against our historic rival. I would like to experience that feeling again at Atletico," he concluded.

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