Carrasco: I’m Not Arda Turan’s Replacement

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Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid’s latest signing has downplayed any comparisons to former Atletico player, Arda Turan.

Carrasco joined Atletico from Monaco after Arda joined rival club Barcelona.

Though they both play in similar positions, the Belgium international has said he’s not the Turkish midfielder’s replacement.

“I have not come to replace Arda Turan. I am a quick player who likes to play on the left wing,” Carrasco told reporters.

“I will work hard to be a starter in the team. I love it here. Atletico are a very big team.

“I had played a lot in Monaco and wanted to take a step forward. Atletico are among the top three teams in the league and went a long way in the Champions League. We will try to stay in the top three and also see if we can win the league.

“It was an easy decision to come to a club like Atletico. Playing in Spain is a dream for me.”

The 21-year-old also emphasised his eagerness to work with coach Diego Simeone as Atletico seek to once again challenge the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“Simeone is someone I wanted to work with, he is one of the most important coaches in the world,” Carrasco added.

“He told me he liked my ability to defend and also to attack in one-on-ones. I know he was a good player and as a coach he is one of the best. I wanted to be with him.”



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