"JUVE ARE THE PAST" - Asamoah bringing experience and winning mentality to Inter

"JUVE ARE THE PAST" - Asamoah bringing experience and winning mentality to Inter

He thanks God, then his family and finally Inter. Kwadwo Asamoah, the new number 18 of Inter, speaks little but knows very well who deserves the merits of this new adventure at the Nerazzurri. “I already feel at home, I am happy to work with this group. Six Scudetti with Juventus? I am bringing here the winning mentality but what I won is in the past. I am here to work, to study, to give my best. This new project of Inter convinced me as well as the words of Piero Ausilio and Luciano Spalletti. I chose Inter and Inter chose me.” Then he went on to Instagram and made a religious reference: “Excited for this new adventure. God is the reason.” 

After six years at Juventus and six Scudetti, after 230 games in Serie A (including those at Udinese), the Ghanaian starts all over again. Born a midfielder, having estabslished himself as a fullback thanks to the intuition of Conte (who wanted him at Juve in 2012), Kwadwo is now the joker in Spalletti’s deck of card. But above all, he is now a plug to fill the whole on the left side where Nagatomo, Santon and Dalbert last season never convinced. In Turin, he had become a backup of luxury and now at Inter, he is going to be a starter. “I also played as a midfielder at Udinese, I was more on the wing at Juventus: here we will see what the coach decides. I am ready to give everything I have, on the left or in the midfield.”

THINKING OF INTER - On the day that Ronaldo officially becomes a Juve player, it is difficult for the Ghanaian not to refer to the past but also to the next challenges against Juve. “Inter and Juve have always been rivals but it does not bother me coming from the Bianconeri. Playing against Ronaldo? I am not thinking about my past or Ronaldo, I am thinking of Inter. In Serie A, there is not only one team, there is not one player. When my contract was expiring, there was the possibility to stay at Juve but I decided to come to Inter. It was difficult to leave Turin and my family shared the same thought but I am happy with this new experience. Here, there is the desire to do important things, to improve again.”

WORK - On the field of Pinetina, Kwadwo, who will turn 30 on December 9th and has signed contract until 2021 at 2.5 million plus bonuses per season, has already tested the methods of Spalletti and worked closely with Giovanni Martusciello, “the defensive coach.” Asamoah immediately found himself in tune, listening to advice and indication on the movements of the back four. His body is responding well also: “Last year, even if I did not play, I trained every day and never had any problem. Physically, I am really good.” The Nerazzurri is planning to use his muscles since this year, there is one more commitment and that is the Champions League. Inter are back in the European tournament that counts after six years, the competition that Kwadwo knows very well with 23 games between Udinese and Juventus, including playoffs. “Champions League is always difficult, we will face the best teams and we will work to go as far as possible.”

Source: GdS

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