De Paul: Substitution in the Spanish club is not a risk for the World Cup

Rodrigo De Paul, one of the banners of Argentina, is not worried about his lack of continuity at Atlético de Madrid two months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.

“The coaching staff already knows us a lot, playing or not at this time I don’t think much will change. Lionel Scaloni has the idea and the basis for these four years”, said the midfielder on Thursday in an interview with the TyC Sports channel in Buenos Aires. “From now on, what can be incorporated is little… The idea is to always reach 100 percent” to the World Cup.

De Paul, 28, was summoned for the friendlies that Argentina will play against Honduras and Jamaica in the United States in the coming days and that Scaloni will take advantage of to define the list of 26 players that he will take to Qatar.

“With this shirt you always have a plus to give. It is good and important to feel this way. It happens to me today because I feel very confident. I go out on the court and I feel like it’s going to go well for us… I feel as comfortable as at home and that makes it come across on the court”, he indicated.

Undisputed starter in the Albiceleste since the start of the Scaloni cycle in 2018 and champion of the last Copa América in Brazil, De Paul has not yet been able to establish himself at Atlético, which he arrived in the middle of last year from Udinese in Italy.

The lack of regularity in Atlético led by his compatriot Diego Simeone has generated concern as the news about his private life. In the last year, De Paul starred in a mediatic divorce with the mother of his two young children and began an affair with the famous Argentine singer and actress Tini Stoessel.

“I did not seek to be known but a soccer player,” he commented on the matter. “Life led me to meet the person I am with today, who is well known. We try to bring joy to the houses, she with her work and I with mine”.

The midfielder clarified that he is very calm and focused on the World Cup.

“There is less and less to go and the World Cup is on my mind every day. The level that is seen after the 2021 Copa América is of a team that is very committed and that is very excited, ”he concluded.

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