Lodi admits tough start to life at Atletico Madrid: I wanted to return to Brazil

LaLiga Defender spoke of early troubles

Having been called up to the Brazilian national team for the first time, Renan Lodi has been rewarded for his fine start at Atletico Madrid, yet the defender has admitted that he confided in his girlfriend that he was struggling adapting to life in Europe.

Diego Simeone worked closely with the new defenders signed during the summer, with particular focus on both Lodi and Kieran Trippier because of the fears that the pair weren’t the most natural defenders.

“I told my girlfriend ‘let’s go back to Brazil, I can’t take it anymore’,” he admitted in an interview with Globoesporte.

“Everything came together at once, I missed my friends and my family.

“I wanted to go away, but the club wouldn’t let me, I understood their decision and I continued working.”

Lodi credits Simeone with his defensive improvement, and he recalls how during pre-season there was a lot of work on this side of his game.

“In the pre-season Simeone called me and took me to a room, he told me everything I needed to improve on,” he intimated.

“He told me I was now at a massive club and he put everything I needed to improve on a big screen it was mainly defensive.

“He is a very hot-tempered guy, if there is someone sleeping in the dressing room, he arrives and wakes them up quickly.”

Filipe Luis held the position as Atletico Madrid‘s left-back for a significant period of time, and when he departed in the summer, Lodi sought his advice after his own transfer.

“I didn’t want Filipe to leave because it would have been very important for him to help me,” he confirmed.

“He knows how everything works really well and I sent him a message after he signed for Flamengo, he’s one of my idols.

“He sent me a text telling me to work and that I’m going to be a top player, one of the three best in my position and that I was going to get an international call-up shortly.”

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