Mario Pašalić wanted Atalanta to exercise the buyout clause built into his contract last season. He did not get his wish, though he did get to stay after the Serie A outfit managed to negotiate another season-long loan for him.
Now, he wants them to exercise the buyout clause once again, perhaps knowing that Chelsea are unlikely to be that generous again.
In a wide-ranging interview with Croatian outlet Dalmatinski Portal ahead of last night’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Valencia, the 25-year-old midfielder confirmed those hopes and intentions.
“I’ve been on loan for five or six years. I would love to finally settle my status. I’m great at Atalanta, this is the first club where I stayed for the second year in a row. We will see in the summer what will be. They have the right of redemption.
“It’s their decision [to exercise the €15m clause or not], so far I don’t know more than that. Every time I say it’s great for me here, I’d love to stay.”
-Mario Pašalić; source: Dalmatinski Portal via Google Translate
Pašalić will not have done his chances of securing a permanent move to the North of Italy any harm with last night’s performance, as he picked up two assists in Atalanta’s impressive 4-1 win over the team that won Chelsea’s group in the group stages.