President Antonio Percassi is quite happy with the performances of Mattia Caldara who joined Atalanta on loan from AC Milan for 18 months.
Many AC Milan players left the club during the January transfer window. Ricardo Rodriguez moved to PSV, Suso returned to Spain, Borini signed for Verona while Piatek started a new adventure in Germany. However, the transfer of Mattia Caldara to Atalanta caused more noise than the rest.
After 18 months at San Siro, and not a single league appearances, AC Milan decided to let Caldara leave. The Italian defender joined Atalanta on a 18-month loan with the right to make the move permanent for 15 million euros. Milan will also be owed 20% of a future resale.
Caldara’s second spell at Atalanta is proving quite successful. Atalanta are currently in 4th spot in Serie A rankings and progressed in the quarter finals of Champions League. Mattia Caldara went from never playing with Milan to starting from the first minute in Atalanta’s side that hammered Valencia in both Champions matches 4-1 and 4-3.
Despite the fact that the former AC Milan defender has join Atalanta nearly one month ago they’re clearly happy with his progress. Atalanta president Antonio Percassi, in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, discussed the future of Mattia Caldara. “Caldara learned he would play 10 minutes before the start of the (first Valencia) game and has shown that he is also an intelligent boy, not only a good player. He has already been important in the past, and he will also be so in the future of Atalanta“.
AC Milan purchased Mattia Caldara in the summer of 2018 from Juventus in a swap deal that involved Leonardo Bonucci. Both players were valued at €35 million each. Numerous injuries prevented the Italian defender from showing his true qualities limiting him to just two appearances with the Rossoneri in a year and a half at San Siro.
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