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“He is one of the few who can play alone in that position. [centrocampista defensivo]. Without a doubt he has been a great signing and he has a whole career ahead of him in Spain “, Santiago Cañizares told us a week ago on Renato Tapia. El ‘Dragon’, one of the most historic goalkeepers in Spanish football and now a sports analyst, did not hesitate to praise the Peruvian when he was consulted by Sport Total. And with good reason. Tapia, in his first season in La Liga, ate the Galician team’s midfield.
Since his arrival in the Motherland, the steering wheel has only known how to collect good news. He has been chosen three times the award for Footballer of the Month (October, January and April) and three times MVP of the match. In addition, it is the most revalued Latin American in the Spanish championship: it went from worth 2 million 400 thousand euros to 20 million, according to Transfermarkt.
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“By the minute, it is my best year in Europe”he told RPP Noticias when he stepped onto Peruvian soil to join the Peruvian team. Renato is not wrong: played 34 games, more than the 24 he played for Feyenoord in the Netherlands in 2019-20.
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The combination of outstanding performances, age (20) and his low price have made the big clubs notice him. In Spain they point out that Atlético de Madrid, current champion of the League, would be interested in the Peruvian. “For this passing market, they do look for a physically strong midfielder, with a lot of dedication”, anticipates us Jesus Colino, a journalist for the newspaper AS who covers the ‘Cholo’ Simeone team.
Although it is still a rumor and does not go beyond, perhaps, intentions on the part of ‘Aleti’ to reinforce itself for the following season, the questions that arise are: Would Renato Tapia do well to leave Celta, a team where he is the undisputed starter? Would he have options in the ‘mattress’?
Departures in the ‘Tapia sector’
Atlético de Madrid started the season with three defensive midfielders: Thomas Partey, Lucas Torreira Y Hector Herrera. Then the first one went to Arsenal and the space was covered by Geoffrey kondogbia. However, the three did not perform as expected by the Argentine coach. “Simeone has routinely played without a pure defensive midfielder. In that position he has used Koke, who is more creative. Llorente and Lemar or Saúl Ñíguez accompanied him normally”, analyzes Colino.
“Simeone always used Koke for recovery work, more physical. But he is a player who contributes a lot when he has someone behind him, which allows him to reach the area and join in attack”, adds Sergio Peaks, Spanish journalist also from the newspaper AS.
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Already known the departure of Lucas Torreira (He finished his loan from Arsenal and has made clear his desire to play for Boca Juniors), to the coaching staff of Atlético de Madrid two concerns have been added to it. The future of Saúl Y Herrera. In fact, the club tried to find another club for the Mexican at the beginning of the season.
If so, the ‘Cholo’ would be left without three defensive midfielders in the squad. In that case, thinking of a reinforcement is not a big deal. “By characteristics and by knowledge of the League it could fit”, points out Peaks. Although here is the first obstacle: the club’s economy. “It will depend on the claims of Celta because it is not a priority having Kondogbia and Koke in the port”, Add.
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“I think he could go for Tapia because he needs a reinforcement there. In the figures it fits”, says Colino.
“I hope next season is better”, declared Renato Tapia upon arrival in Peru. After his great performance in the campaign that just ended, most likely yes. It is not yet known if it will be in Madrid, Vigo or another place in Europe. The same will always have a well-earned space.
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