When Liverpool snapped up Emiliano Insua it was deemed an excellent coup. The energetic left-back started strongly at Anfield, and lived up to his billing as one of South America’s brightest young talents.
But he failed to hold down a spot at Anfield, being loaned out to Galatasaray for a season before moving to Sporting Lisbon at the end of the 2010-11 season.
But with Sporting struggling for cash, they sold him on to Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid in January for a fee believed to be in the region of €10 million. Joining up with Diego Simeone, a fellow Argentine, this was supposed to be the start of something brilliant for Insua.
It hasn’t been.
But that being said he likes it enough to reject Inter Milan interest. His brother and agent Maximiliano quashed those rumours today stating:
“There has been no contact with Inter, these are just rumours. Emiliano is very happy at Atletico Madrid and has a long contract there. The season is going great in general, whilst a bit less so at an individual level. He is playing little, but his only thought is to train well and to fight for a place in the team.”
You have to then ask yourself, why on earth Insua would not leave?
We get they are having a stonking season at the Vicente Calderon, joint top of La Liga with Barcelona on maximum points.
But it is not as if Insua has had anything to do with it.
Since signing for Atletico the full-back has played just FOUR times for Los Colchoneros - and just once this season.
At 24-years-old he could perhaps argue he is still not that old, and hanging around for first-team football at Atletico may prove to be a masterstroke.
But at the moment there is very little, if no chance, of usurping Filipe Luis in the Atletico starting XI.
Surely deep down, he just wants to play first-team football?
Or perhaps he is content sitting on the bench, or most the time in the stands, and collecting his big pay cheque at the end of the month.
That might be it.
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