MADRID – Argentine defender Nehuen Perez, 18, was presented to the press on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid’s newest acquisition during which the center-back confirmed he intends to have a memorable experience with the La Liga side.
Perez was to move to Atletico over the summer on a six-year transfer deal from the South American club Argentinos Juniors, but he stayed at his former team on loan for another six months, during which he played with the Argentina national soccer team U-20 through the beginning of this year in the 2019 South American U-20 Championship where the Argentina national team came in second place.
“I am young but I have to learn fast. I hope to leave my mark at Atletico de Madrid,” Perez said during his presentation event held at the Wanda Metropolitano Auditorium in Madrid.
“Today we welcome a player in whom we have great expectations and trust,” the club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, said, “Nehuen Perez has all the attributes that our scouts look for in young players.”
At the presentation, the young player, who is to wear jersey number 18, was accompanied by Atletico’s historical legends Iselin Santos Ovejero, Marcelino Perez, and Roberto Solozabal, as well as his family members.
Argentina’s U-20 team’s captain stressed he is eager to learn from his countryman and new coach, Diego Simeone, as well as from his new teammates.
“I came here to grow as a player and to learn. I try to listen to everything that Simeone says,” Perez said.
“I am very happy to be at a club as big as Atleti,” he added. “I thank Enrique Cerezo, Andrea Berta and everyone at the club.”
“I am here to learn and to give it my all,” the young player said.
“Despite his age, Nehuen stands out for his personality and leadership in the heart of the defense, as he showed at Argentinos Juniors and at the Argentine national youth teams,” Cerezo added.
Perez said his conversations with Simeone were important in his signing with the Spanish club adding that his new coach always interacts with him during the training sessions, asking him to have more drive and courage, exactly as Simeone does with the other defenders.
The new player highlighted how well he was received by the rest of the squad who talked to him warmly and told him to be brave.