Almería winger Pablo Piatti told Cadena Cope radio on Thursday that he has not “received any offers” and “doesn’t know anything” about a pending deal with Atlético, Andalusian paper Ideal reports.
On Wednesday, Mundo Deportivo claimed the 22-year-old was set to join los Colchoneros at the end of the season, but Piatti denied those reports, assuring Almería fans that his only objective was to save the team from relegation.
“I haven’t received any offers and I don’t know anything, but every player likes to continue to grow,” he said. “Nonetheless, I am focussed on the match against Valencia and on helping Almería remain [in the top flight].”
The pocket-size striker admitted that rumours about a move make him uncomfortable, because he feels it would be “disrespectful” for him to talk about other clubs at the moment, considering his team’s delicate situation.
Even if negotiations between Atlético and Almería are in progress, the former Estudiantes man would be wise to play down talks of a possible departure so as not to cause even greater harm to the already suffering Almería faithful. If he does end up joining Atleti and Diego Forlan is still around, perhaps he can teach ‘La Rubia’ a thing or two about exercising prudence when giving an interview.
It seems like the person who edited Piatti’s Spanish Wikipedia page may have jumped the gun, as the winger’s biographical section suggests he “officially signed” with us on 13 April 2011.
Perhaps we should wait for further clarification on the Piatti matter from Rojiblanco president Enrique Cerezo, who always appears to be on top of things.