Julián Malatini joined Werder Bremer from Defensa y Justicia and will not play the pre-Olympics with Argentina.
The 22-year-old Argentine, who was presented yesterday with his new team, traveled to Germany four days ago and left the Argentina U23 squad. Javier Mascherano will not be able to replace him with another player outside the list since Malatini’s departure is not due to an injury.
Malatini is a 1.91-meter center-back, who can also play as a right-back. He started his senior career in Talleres de Córdoba and then moved to Defensa y Justicia. Speaking to the Werder Bremen website, here is what he had to say:
“I’m really happy to be here and to be a part of the team. It’s a big step in my career. I want to make the most of this opportunity and do my bit for the team.
“The decision was made quickly. After I was told that Werder were interested, I got in contact with the head coach. It’s an opportunity that you can’t pass up.
“I play with aggression. Defence is my calling. I had a brief chat with the head coach about the team’s style of play, and I think that I’ll be able to fit in well with it.
“I hope I can be involved in the next game. That’s obviously the head coach’s decision. I think that I’ll be able to help the team as soon as I get on the pitch. I’m ready.”