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Reported Arsenal, Liverpool and Leeds United target Rodrigo De Paul has told The Guardian that he has become better now.

The Udinese star, who has been strongly linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Leeds, has highlighted his stats regarding ball recoveries for Argentina.

Rodrigo De Paul rumours

Il Milanista reported in May that Leeds and Liverpool are leading the race for the Udinese attacking midfielder, as covered by HITC Sport.

The Sun reported in January 2021 that Leeds are looking at making a move for the £40 million-rated Argentine star in the summer of 2021.

Tutto Udinese claimed this week that Arsenal are keen on the 27-year-old, as we covered here on HITC Sport.


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What Rodrigo De Paul has said

De Paul told The Guardian: “Everything comes in its own time: there’s a moment to get into the box and score, to break lines, to help Leo be fresh to attack or hold for Paredes. You complement them.

“People talk about goals and assists but I was looking for stats on ball recoveries the other day. I’m on almost treble the first year: it was 150, it’s over 400 now. What I didn’t have then, now I do. So now you think: ‘OK, what’s next? What’s missing?’ 

“The day I stop playing for Argentina, it will be because someone was better, not because I didn’t work. I like giving passes more than scoring and there are moments to throw yourself into tackles. I don’t have a problem doing that, nor do I want to be on the front pages.”

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Brilliant signing for Leeds, Arsenal or Liverpool

De Paul is known in Italy for his ability to create chances.

Also able to play as a winger, the 27-year-old scored nine goals and gave nine assists in Serie A this past season.

De Paul scored seven goals and provided six assists in the league in 2019-20.

The Argentine is about to hit his peak, and he would make Arsenal, Leeds or Liverpool better.

Liverpool could do with a creative attacker in their ranks, while the Gunners need an attacking midfielder to replace Martin Odegaard.

As for Leeds, although head coach Marcelo Bielsa has options in his creative department, there is always room for more good players.

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