Atlético de Madrid and Udinese have reached an agreement over the transfer of Rodrigo de Paul (Argentina, May 24, 1994). The Argentine passed his medical and has signed a five-year contract.
The midfielder is strong offensively and can score as well as providing assists for his teammates. He made his professional debut in 2013 with Racing, having previously played for the club’s youth sides. De Paul played the Torneo Final’s 19 games aged just 19, starting on both flanks. He completed another great season in Argentina before moving to Europe in 2014. There, he played two seasons at Valencia and made his Champions League debut.
The Argentine returned to his home country in 2016, where he re-joined Racing. However, after just five months, the midfielder returned to Europe and joined Udinese in summer 2016. De Paul has developed into one of Serie A’s best players – having produced 34 goals and 36 assists in 184 matches. Last season, he completed an exceptional campaign. The 27-year-old provided the second most assists in the Italian league (10), completed the most dribbles (122 out of 182) and won the most duels (289). He was also the most fouled player in the Serie A (126).
De Paul made his Argentina national team debut in 2018, has since made 28 appearances and he is 2021 Copa América champion.
“I’m very happy, I’m going to join LaLiga’s champion and I’m conscious of the responsibility it carries. It is a big step in my football career. Moreover, because of the timing, just after winning the Copa América. This fills me of strength to meet all expectations. I’m a football’s passionate, and because of my experience in Spanish football, I know very well Atlético de Madrid, without counting with all the friends and colleagues I have playing in Spain”, stated Rodrigo de Paul in declarations for our club official web, and that in its changing rooms will meet with Ángel Correa who was as well colleague in the recent 2021 Copa América.
“I’m very happy to have the opportunity of working under Simeone’s commands. Firstly, because of the kind of football manager he is, one of the all time bests. I love football, it’s part of my daily life, and having a manager of Simeone’s high-caliber guiding one is a privilege. In addition it fills me with compatriot pride, I enjoy being under his commands because I have grown watching him play with Argentina’s National football team shirt”, claimed our new player.
A talented and versatile footballer joins Atleti. His quality in the middle of the pitch and on both flanks, as well as his ability to score and assist, make him a constant threat for the opposition’s defenders. We welcome player who is very excited to join our club.
Welcome, Rodrigo de Paul!