Miguel Layun, a 20-year-old who played for Veracruz in Mexico's Primera A last year, is set to try his fate with Italian side Atalanta.
In an interview with ESPN the 20-year-old midfielder put behind doubts over his eventual transfer to the Italian league explaining how his surprise move came about.
"It all started with the advantage of having a European passport”, said Layun. “My representative Guillermo Lara then began looking for options in Europe and contacted people in Italy, they then came to see me play a few games with Veracruz and that is how the deal went down. My grandfather, rest in peace, was a Spaniard and thank God that was the point that facilitated the negotiations,” explained the Veracruz upstart.
Layun, however, will first have to pass his medical exam before signing a contract with Atalanta.
“In case that I pass all the tests then I will get a contract," Layun said. "That would be something important because we would open a door for Mexican football and that would mean a lot because many people are following me closely now which has become a big responsibility for me."
Although he played most recently in the second division, Layun has top-flight experience before.
“I debuted in first division with Veracruz when the club was managed by Anibal el 'Mano' Ruiz; then I received regular playing time with coaches like Nery Pumpido, Antonio Mohamed, and Miguel Herrera. Unfortunately the team was relegated and I have been playing in Primera A for one year,” said Layun about his brief passage through Mexican football.
In all, Layun appeared in 11 games and logged 1,928 minutes for los Tiburones Rojos before the club was relegated. Layun also pointed out his qualities which he will rely on if he is to succeed at Atalanta.
“My characteristics are my dynamic style of play, velocity, I play good down the wings, and when there is an opportunity to take a midrange shot then I shoot with frequency.”
Joel Aceves, Goal.com
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