Carrasco: Atleti fans not tourists

Yannick Carrasco believes Atletico Madrid have the best fans in Spain and not ‘tourists’ at Real Madrid who attend games ‘like they’re at home’.

The 24-year-old is in his third season with Los Rojiblancos but believes the club’s new Wanda Metropolitano stadium will soon have the ‘soul’ of the Vicente Calderon.

“The fans of Atletico' are the best in all of Spain,” Carrasco told an interview with Humo, a magazine in his native Beligum.

“The Wanda isn’t like other stadiums, such as at Real Madrid, where most of the fans are tourists who come to watch the game like they’re sitting at home.

“Our fans come from the city’s working class areas and they all live for the club, extremely passionate.

“The atmosphere in the new stadium is incredible, it does not yet have the soul of the Calderon but that is coming. As Simeone said, this can be a Coliseum where we will intimate opponents.

“Simeone? He is incredible, he lives and breathes football. Nobody else has his energy levels and he could maybe still play with that!

“My future? I believe my release clause is €100m, could anybody even pay that? You never know what will happen in football.”

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