Veracruz midfielder Miguel Layun’s possible transfer to Serie A outfit Atalanta began as a rumor however the former Tiburones Rojos player is set to join the Bergamo side for pre-season next month.
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
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
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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