Giménez: "I dream of playing in the Premier League"
Atleti defender José María Giménez spoke to Uruguayan TV about his future at los Rojiblancos, and admitted that he would like to test himself in English football.
José María Giménez spoke about his Atlético Madrid future with Direct TV Uruguay, and admitted that Premier League football appeals to him.
Giménez keen on Premier League
The 22-year-old revealed that “I dream of playing in the Premier League because the games are so evenly matched. I would like to go, but if Atlético contract me for life, I’ll stay.
“Atlético have taught me so much since the day I arrived. I’m privileged to be at the club. I’m calm about transfer rumours and I always discuss them with my representatives.”
The Uruguayan seriously considered a move away from the Calderón in the January transfer window due to a lack of playing time under Diego Simeone. He is not an automatic starter in the centre of defence for los Rojiblancos, and although ‘El Cholo’ values his versatility (he has played Giménez in midfield and at full back), the player does not appear to be wholly content with that role.
Atlético keen to keep hold
Giménez wants to secure a starting berth for Uruguay in the 2018 World Cup, if they qualify, and feels that another season as a bit-part player may harm his chances.
The player will soon receive a European Union passport, and has attracted interest from Inter Milan, Manchester United, and Liverpool.
He is very much in Simeone’s plans at Atlético. The club understand that he is established, has performed consistently, and that his role will become more important over the next few years given that Diego Godín is now 31. Moreover, if Giménez were to leave Madrid this summer, Atlético would not be able to replace him until January as a result of the Court of Arbitration for Sport upholding their transfer ban.