'It was too early to leave Nice' - Chelsea and PSG target Atal admits transfer interest

Youcef Atal Patrick Vieira Nice 2018-19

Nice defender Youcef Atal is dreaming to play for a big club but he thinks it is not yet the right time for him to leave Patrick Vieira’s side.

During the summer transfer window, Atal attracted interest from Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Ligue 1 champions PSG after an impressive season with the Allianz Riviera outfit.

The Algeria international was considered as one of the most in-demand right-backs in Europe after contributing six goals and an assist in the French top-flight in the 2018-19 season and he is hoping to replicate that form in the current campaign, where he already has a goal and an assist to his credit.

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“Yes, there were clubs that wanted me at that time. Last year it was too early (for a departure). And even today, I'm focusing on another great season,” Atal told Canal Football Club.

“Sign for a club like PSG, is it playable? Yes, I can play in a big club, that's part of my goals. I work for that. There is not a player who will tell you that he would not like to play in a big club.”

Atal, who also plays as a winger, was part of the Algeria team which won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and he talked about his best playing position

“I'm hard-hitting and I've been playing like that since I was little. I never changed. These are my natural qualities and I try to enjoy them. On the sides, you have to be fast anyway. I prefer to play right-back, but these are the coach's choices,” he added.

“I was trained in this job. I see better when I leave behind. But that I attack or defend, I go to the bottom. I give myself 100% all the time.”

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