Atletico Madrid defender and Manchester United target Jose Gimenez has admitted that he dreams of playing in the Premier League some day.
Jose Mourinho reportedly identified the 21-year-old, seen by many as Diego Godin’s successor, as potential transfer target ahead of the summer.
The Uruguayan struggled for game time under Diego Simeone last season, making just 17 La Liga appearances in total, and will consider a move away this window.
And when asked about a move to the Premier League, he couldn’t help but hide his enthusiasm at the prospect.
“I dream of playing in the Premier League because all matches are fairly even. I would like to go,” he said.
“If Atletico makes me a contract for life, I’ll stay.”
Forcing a move away from the Spanish capital this summer may prove difficult following Atletico’s failed appeal over transfer ban back in May, which means they wouldn’t be able to replace Gimenez until January.
He is highly valued by Atletico supporters, who see the embryo of a complete defender capable of upholding the club’s proud legacy of sturdiness already starting to form. And yet, at the same time, a player of his calibre cannot spend these crucial years on the fringes of Simeone’s set-up.