Goalkeeper Adan excited by big move to Atletico

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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”.

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“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.

–IANS

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