Atlanta Captain explains his decision to leave to fans
Alejandro Papu Gomez is set to leave Atalanta in January following an argument with the manager Gian Piero Gasperini.
After a remarkable and hard-fought journey to make it to the top tier of Europe, the Atalanta captain has decided to leave the Bergamo side, the news comes from ever-reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The 32-year-old and Atalanta manager Gasperini had a fight during the half-time break of Atalanta’s Champions League fixture against Midtjylland. The manager decided to sub him off during half time and the match ended in a draw.
The player took to his Instagram story to bring the incident to the attention of the fans of the club.
“Dear Atalanta fans, I am writing to you here because I don’t have any way of defending myself and speaking to you.”
“I just wanted to tell you that when I leave, the truth will come out about everything.”
The news of their captain wanting to leave the club will come as difficult news to bear for fans of the Serie A club.
The incident will be even more impactful considering that Atalanta have managed to draw Real Madrid in their Champions League Round of 16 fixtures, and would have wanted their talisman to play the game in order to stand a chance to progress into the next stage of the competition.
Gomez started his footballing career with the youth team of Arsenal de Sarandi, an Argentine club. After playing for 2 years with the youth side, he was finally given a chance with the senior team but was never a regular with the side until 2006, when he got 15 appearances and scored twice.
Papu moved forward to Atlanta on 1st September 2014 on a three-year deal. Since then he has made 204 appearances scoring more than 50 goals for the club.
At 32, Gomez is past his physical peak years as an athlete but has a lot of experience to offer in exchange. Considering his recent run of form for Atalanta, the bigger clubs across Europe reportedly Inter Milan, Juventus, and AC Milan are looking at his situation and will look to get the player in a bargain.
His contract is set to expire in 2022, and Atalanta could end up losing their prized asset for peanuts during the January Transfer Window.
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