Zapata not thinking about Atalanta exit

Duvan Zapata

Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata says he isn’t thinking about a move away from the club despite huge interest from across the continent.

The 28-year-old shot to prominence after joining Atalanta on a two-year loan deal from Sampdoria last summer.

He scored 23 goals, two more than Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, to finish the campaign with the second highest tally in Serie A – three shy of Fabio Quagliarella.

Zapata has already proven that his exploits last term weren’t a fluke by hitting a further four goals in five league outings in 2019-20.

Unsurprisingly, the Colombia international has attracted attention from some of Europe’s elite and it looks likely he will be on the move at the end of the campaign.

It’s understood Atalanta have the option to turn Zapata’s loan switch into a permanent move in May and many have suggested they could immediately move him on for a huge profit.

However, Zapata, who scored in Atalanta’s 2-0 win over Roma on Tuesday, has rejected claims he will leave the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia and insists he is focussed on being successful with La Dea.

Zapata said: “I don’t think about leaving Bergamo at all. In football, like in life, you don’t know the future. But now I just think about giving my best to Atalanta.”

The former Udinese and Napoli man certainly won’t be short of options, with Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham, Juventus and AC Milan all reportedly big admirers.