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Mario Pasalic can settle down at Atalanta

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The Croatian midfielder is enjoying his best football under Gian Piero Gasperini. Pasalic is in his second year at Atalanta and fifth away loan spell since joining Chelsea in 2014.

Pasalic has been part of Chelsea’s ever growing loan army. The former Hajduk Split player has earned stints at European powerhouses as he failed to make his mark at the Stamford Bridge.

Now in his fifth loan spell away at Atalanta, the midfielder needs to settle down. Following Pasalic’s contribution in the Gli Orobici’s third place finish in Serie A, the Italians extended his loan for another year.

Pasalic is reveling with the continuity allowed him. The 24-year-old got on the scoreboard as Atalanta earned an important 1-1 draw against Manchester City. Pasalic got on the end of an Papu Gomez’s cross to get of the mark for the Italians in Europe.

The midfielder followed his impressive performance against Manchester City with another star appearance away at Sampdoria.

The Mainz native registered three important tackles form the center of the pitch, while also helping the defense with two interceptions. Pasalic’s creativity on the ball was on display with 88% pass completion that went his four dribbles in the match.

The Croatian international has become a key player for Gasperini. He has missed just a single Serie A match and has been ever present in European fixtures for the Italians.

Pasalic has built on his performances as he enjoys the confidence of his manager. And it looks likely he wants to stay for the long run. A transfer can materialize but will not be easy.

“I would like to settle down, play in the same club for a few seasons. I am satisfied, I needed a club in which I would have continuity, to combine at least two seasons. Coach Gasperini is a top expert, we are one of the few Serie A teams to play offensively.”

“I can’t influence Chelsea’s decision, but I wouldn’t mind staying in Bergamo.”

With Chelsea spoilt for choices in the midfield, Pasalic can be given the chance to settle down in Atalanta. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley fighting for starting berths, the Blues will allow the Croatian to leave.

A transfer to Estadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia will be a welcome end to Pasalic’s travels. Atalanta have the option to buy the midfielder for 15 million Euros, a bargain in the current transfer market environment.