Zamorano: "Alexis Sanchez is coming to the best Italian club and he will be reborn. Fans will fall in love with him"
In a lengthy interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport, Ivan Zamorano discusses in depth about what he thinks of the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
“About three months ago, those who are close to Alexis told me that Inter were thinking about him. But then when the club signed Lukaku, I thought that was it and that Inter wouldn’t be interested anymore. But instead, now, Sanchez to Inter is a perfect operation. And I am overjoyed that Inter have now chosen another Chilean for its attack. I am happy and he is as well: I talk to those who work with Sanchez and he is very excited about it.”
“Because, first of all, he is back in Italy and this is a plus for him. Serie A is difficult, I know this very well: as soon as you arrive you have to deal with the complexity of this league. But he already passed that test as a very young man: it is a good advantage for him. Then another reason is because he is coming to Inter. I know the club and I know him: they can be a great complement to each other. In Milan he will do very well, it is the ideal place for him to be reborn.”
What happened to him last year in Manchester?
“I don’t think he felt comfortable there. He probably had too much pressure on him. He was also injured and did not find continuity. The team’s difficulties did not help. But we saw a different Sanchez at Copa America and I can say that he calmed down a lot just by watching those matches. He played like the Sanchez that I know. And now at Inter, he has ideal physical and mental form.”
You know Inter fans well. They know how to make the players happy but also they can make them feel under scrutiny.
“I hope, or believe, that they will fall in love with him because they love good football and those who give everything on the pitch. And Alexis, beyond his football, his way of playing, is a generous man. Very generous.”
Will the fans see the devastation of Lukaku-Sanchez pair of attack that United did not see?
“Sanchez seems to me to be the ideal teammate playing next to Lukaku, the master of the box where he likes to be. I can be wrong but both will score a lot of goals.”
Do you know that Conte wanted Sanchez for many years?
“Conte is a man of discipline and one that stays close to the players. Do you know who is he like? Reinaldo Rueda, national team coach who adores Sanchez and vice versa. Should I add anything else?”
What else do you want to say to Sanchez?
“That he is coming to the best Italian club. City, the fans, the family atmosphere at the club: he will like everything. But above all, I will tell him that when you arrive at Inter you are not just an Inter player, but you will become Interista. And it’s very different.”
And what if Vidal were to come to Inter as well?
“If Inter signed Vidal, I’ll come back as well. The forecast is easy: with Sanchez Inter will fight for the Scudetto, with Sanchez and Vidal, we can think about a great Champions League run.”