Mauricio Isla has long been regarded as one of South America’s most exciting prospects since bursting onto the scene with Udinese back in 2007.
international combines accomplished technique with an impressive engine, qualities which led the Zebrette to capture his signature shortly after the World Under-20 championships.
Initially a forward, it was Universidad Católica who first spotted Isla’s potential, with the Santiago-based outfit promptly deciding his talents would be better suited to the wing-back position.
His strong, attacking performances also caught the eye of international coach Marcelo Bielsa, who handed him his debut in 2007
, despite not having yet made a league appearance for his new club.
In five seasons with Udinese, the Chilean occupied a variety of roles across defence and midfield, making a total 151 appearances and finding the target on seven occasions.
He will now link up with fellow countryman Arturo Vidal, adding extra dynamism and industry to the Bianconeri cause.
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