Ángel Correa has finally returned to training following the heart operation that led to the six months hiatus in his fledgling career just as he was completing the big move to La Liga champions, Atlético Madrid. A key part in San Lorenzo’s 2013 Inicial triumph and Copa Libertadores success, the 19-year-old was closing on a move to Madrid when the heart condition was discovered.
Correa was immediately sent to New York to have specialists remove the ventricular cyst that was found on his heart and the lengthy recovery period meant that he missed the Libertadores Final and was made to sweat over his dream move to La Liga.
Admirably (or perhaps because they know they got a good deal) Madrid have never lost interest in the transfer of Correa and with the player now returning to training, the transfer can be finalised. This is also particularly good news for San Lorenzo who will now start to receive some of the fee, which is a reported $8 million. The first installment will be expected in January and with the new stadium project to return to Boedo, the money has already been earmarked for this project.
Correa will continue training with Diego Simeone and his side and is then expected to meet with Humberto Grondona, manager of the Argentina under-20s and an AFA cardiologist to see if he is fit to link up with the squad. The plan is that Correa be part of Argentina’s squad that will travel to Uruguay in January for the South American under 20 Championship.
Once back to full fitness, Simeone and Atlético Madrid have a player of enormous potential on their hands. The pacy, second striker has quick feet, an eye for a pass and is dangerous in front of goal and once accustomed to the step up in quality in Spain, could be a real asset. Certainly a central striker, like Mario Mandzukic could really benefit from having the diminuitive Correa buzzing around alongside him.
After a worrying few months it will be a relief to see a talent, such as Ángel Correa, back playing football and it could be a real bonus for Argentina. The Copa America is likely to come too soon but make no mistake, Correa is one for the future.