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Rodrigo De Paul lashes out at critics after winning the World Cup with Argentina
Rodrigo De Paul has always given his all to the Argentine National Team. His performances for Atletico Madrid may not ooze class, but the player never disappoints while donning the prestigious blue and white colours.
The midfielder was celebrating Argentina’s historic and nail-biting win over France in the World Cup final on TikTok live (h/t Albiceleste Talk) and sent a clear message to his haters, and rightfully so, as a World Champion.
“We are in history forever. And to whoever doubted me, suck my d***.”
The Atletico Madrid player was one of Argentina’s most important players in midfield, starting all games and winning duel after duel in the middle of the park.
In his seven appearances, he averaged over seven defensive actions and a key pass per game. He might not have had his best individual performance in the final but was crucial in helping his side dominate France for 70-odd minutes.
De Paul will return to action for his club after a short and well-deserved hiatus and could make it in time for Atletico Madrid’s key game against Barcelona in early January.
In twelve La Liga appearances for Diego Simeone’s side this season, De Paul has scored one goal and provided one assist. However, he has not been a regular starter for Los Rojiblancos and averages just under an hour played per game.
After a strong World Cup campaign and a taste of nectar, one hopes that the 28-year-old returns with the same intensity and drops similar masterclasses for Los Rojiblancos.
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Atletico Madrid ‘want to fight’ for the signing of €40m Barcelona midfield target
Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina midfielder Sofyan Amrabat and want to fight for his signing in the summer, according to a report from Javi Gomara of Mundo Deportivo. The 26-year-old is also a transfer target for FC Barcelona and several clubs in the Premier League.
Amrabat burst into the limelight after enjoying a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which he helped Morocco reach the semi-finals. The midfielder was heavily linked with an exit in January, with Barcelona, Atletico and several other clubs linked.
However, a move did not materialise and he remained at Fiorentina. However, with his contract expiring next year, the Moroccan international could be on his way out in the summer, even though the Italian outfit are trying to tie him down with a new contract.
And, as per the report, Atletico Madrid are ready to fight for his signing in the summer. The report states that Amrabat is a player that is very well-liked by the Rojiblancos and would be an important cog in Diego Simeone’s side if they sign him.
Amrabat will be playing at the Civitas Metropolitano tonight, with Atletico’s home ground hosting a friendly between Morocco and Peru. And the Colchoneros dream of making the stadium the 26-year-old’s permanent home from next season.
The report adds that the Moroccan international himself would be ‘delighted’ to join the club. After all, he did speak highly of Simeone and Atleti during the World Cup, when he said:
“He has coached Atletico Madrid for many years. I like his style of play. He has won a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. The players in his team are physically strong and aggressive. I like to play that way.”
Atletico Madrid have been linked with Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, but hold no interest in him. Instead, they wish to sign a player of Amrabat’s profile and quality. However, the 26-year-old will not come cheap as Fiorentina will demand a €40 million fee for him.
Beyond that, the interest of Barcelona and other clubs in the Premier League would also be a roadblock for the Spanish capital club.