Kranevitter promises ‘sacrifice & desire’

Matias Kranevitter has promised to bring “sacrifice and desire” to Atletico Madrid after being officially unveiled as a Rojiblanco on Monday.

Kranevitter is free to make his Atleti debut against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, his move from River Plate now completed with the transfer window having re-opened for January, and the midfielder insists he is raring to go for Los Colchoneros.

“I’m very happy to be at a club like this,” he began.

“I really wanted to come here. I’ll do my best for this shirt.

“Over the next few days, I’ll adapt to [Atleti’s] game and bring sacrifice and desire.

“I’ll try to learn from the people with the most experience.

“Simeone’s a winner and has done very well at Atletico. It’s a very big challenge for me.

“[Former teammate] Luciano [Vietto] spoke highly of the squad. Everything’s good for me here.

“It’s a unique opportunity that I have to make the most of.

“I always want to play, but I’m under the orders of the Coach, who is the one who decides.

“I’m able to play immediately. I have the confidence of the Coach and my teammates.

“If I’m picked to play against Rayo [Vallecano] then I’ll do my best because it’s an important game.

“What caught my attention the most is how happy and close the squad are and how well they’re doing on the pitch.”

Kranevitter will wear the No 8 jersey, last worn by Raul Garcia, for Atleti.

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