Udinese star midfielder Rodrigo de Paul is reportedly desperate to team up with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in January.
De Paul has been by far the most impressive Udinese player for the past few seasons. Despite several clubs trying to prise him away from the Dacia Arena in the summer, the playmaker stayed put.
The 26-year-old has continued to deliver for the Friulians this term, playing every single minute of Serie A action in 2020/21 so far.
Before starting his adventure in Italy, De Paul spent two years at Valencia but failed to live up to expectations.
Now that he has developed into one of the most highly-rated playmakers in Europe’s top-five leagues, he believes a return to Spain could benefit his ambition to evolve.
“I would like to return to Spain with the experience, the mentality and the name I now have,” De Paul said, as per Marca.
“It’s not something that makes me lose sleep, but it helped me a lot to play there.
“La Liga is beautiful, Spanish football is among the best and, if the circumstances and projects are good, I would like to go back.”
De Paul has singled out Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid as his preferred destination.
Los Rojiblancos were interested in bringing the midfielder back to Spain in the past, and their efforts to land him have now received a boost.
“I know there was an interest,” De Paul continued. “With a coach like Simeone, it draws my attention. I believe they play the dynamic football that I like.
“Every training session seems like an official match for them. In Argentina, we grew up with this attitude.
“It’s an extremely big club, a club who fight for important things and, if it happens one day, I would be happy to go there.”