Udinese Captain Rodrigo De Paul: “We Want Clean Sheet Against Inter, Lautaro Martinez A True Star”
Rodrigo de Paul insists Udinese are out to spoil Inter’s title party on Sunday, amid speculation he could join the Nerazzurri in the summer.
Inter will play their final game of the Serie A season at home to Luca Gotti’s side, after which they will finally lift the trophy and celebrate their first Scudetto since 2010.
Udinese are the only team left in the league who have not lost or conceded a goal to Inter, after they held Antonio Conte’s side to a goalless draw in January.
“We’d like to finish the season by keeping a clean sheet with Juan Musso, it would be beautiful,” Udinese captain De Paul told Gazzetta dello Sport for today’s print edition.
“If I could then score a goal from a free-kick, something I’ve not managed yet, it would be superb.
“I can’t take them with Argentina because Lionel Messi does, he’s the best.”
Inter are frequently linked with a move for De Paul as they seek reinforcements in midfield, but the Argentine was reluctant to be drawn on his future.
“I’ve already said what I had to say to the club and my agent, I don’t know what else to say,” the 26-year-old explained.
“I’m used to the fact people talk about me now, but I know people love me here (at Udinese) and now I’m the captain of this team.
“I watch the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A but I haven’t thought about whether I’d have a preference (for my next move).
“I know there are teams interested but I’m focused on Sunday.”
De Paul had words of praise for Inter striker Lautaro Martinez when he was asked about his fellow Argentines playing in Serie A.
“Lautaro and Paulo Dybala are absolute stars,” he argued.
“Dybala does incredible things in training, he’s certainly better than me.”
De Paul has scored nine goals for Udinese this season but he insisted he preferred providing assists, while also revealing another of his favourite footballing tasks.
“I love providing assists and covering lots of ground, winning the ball back is a beautiful thing,” he added.
“If I have to say one thing I like most, I’m working to improve myself and become a player who can attack and defend.
“I think I’m complete now.”