In a lengthy interview with “La Nacion”, midfielder Alejandro “Papu” Gomez has revealed the secrets of why he left Atalanta this past summer. One of the biggest problems is that coach Gian Piero Gasperini once tried to attack the player.
Papu Gomez played for Atalanta for 7 seasons from 2014-2021. The Argentinian is very popular with the Bergamo fans, but this summer Gomez left the team to move to Sevilla. Part of the reason is the conflicts between him and the coaching staff, especially with head coach Gasperini.
The rift occurred in the match against Midtyjlland in the Champions League. “Perhaps I was wrong for not complying with the tactical requirements,” Gomez shared. “The first half had 10 minutes left, the coach told me to switch to the right wing, but I refused because I was playing well on the left. I knew the coach would get angry and pull me off the pitch. But what happened in the dressing room then beyond imagination”.
“Coach Gasperini almost hit me. Arguing is okay, but fighting is unacceptable. After the game I called President Antonio Percassi. I admit I was wrong, but the coach has to apologize to me. A club that cannot tolerate used with the coach intending to attack the player,” Gomez continued.
“The next day, the whole team held a meeting. I apologized to the coaches and members of the team. But coach Gasperini did not say anything. After a few days, I told the president I wanted to leave, he did not. I agree. The consequence I have to accept is that I get kicked out of the first team and have to practice separately with the youth team.”
Gomez was very upset: “After everything I’ve given, how do they treat me? President Percassi didn’t even dare to ask for an apology from coach Gasperini. After that, they blocked all roads to other clubs in the country. Italy. As one of the best midfielders in Serie A, they didn’t want me to play for opponents. They wanted to sell me to Saudi Arabia or the US. Luckily, Sevilla showed up at the last minute.”
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