Madrid, July 23 (IANS) Atletico Madrid’s newly-signed goalkeeper Antonio Adan said on Monday that he was excited to make a big move to a top football club, during his presentation at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
With this summer’s transfer from Real Betis, the 31-year-old goalkeeper said he was excited to put his skills to the test, reports Efe.
“I wanted a great challenge. I think I could have chosen another easier way and continued playing easily in another club, but I chose to come to one of the best clubs in the world where I want to win,” Adan, who played as a Spain under-21 international, said.
Acknowledging that the current Atletico net minder, Slovenia’s Jan Oblak, is “a great goalkeeper,” Adan said he wanted “to fight and play as many games as possible”.
“I know the difficulty of the challenge, but I’m here because I’ve chosen it,” he asserted, adding “For me, it’s an honour to be a part of this huge club.”
Atletico are set to kick-off the 2018/2019 season on August 15, when they play the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid, where Adan debuted in the First Division in the 2010/2011 season.
“I’m not the kid who left (Real Madrid) a long time ago, but a more mature goalkeeper,” he added.
Adan has reportedly signed with Atletico until 2020.
The goalkeeper played with Real Madrid in 18 matches between 2010 and 2013, followed by a brief stint at Serie A side Cagliari Calcio before eventually landing at Real Betis for over four years.