Friday September 8 2017
‘I’m Nani, not another Klose’

Nani has vowed to write his own legacy at Lazio after rejecting suggestions that he is ‘the new Miroslav Klose’.

Nani was a deadline-day arrival at Lazio last month, joining on loan from Valencia with an option to buy, although the winger is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

“The Coach has welcomed me very well and made a good impression on me,” he began at his official unveiling.

“The team welcomed me just as well, very warmly. I was really happy. I came here because I saw the chance to play at a big club and I thought it was best for me.

“He showed me the club’s atmosphere and introduced me to the players, but we didn’t have much time to talk about football, we had to concentrate on my physical condition.

“The feelings, however, are great. I’m happy to be here and the affection I received. I’m happy and confident about the future.

“I didn’t talk about it to Ronaldo, I was injured and I couldn’t play for Portugal, which is where we talk more.

“I’ve come here at a certain age with some experience, I’ve played in different positions up top and played as a winger for Valencia, but I’ll leave it to the Coach. I expect the team and I to have a great season.

“Rome Derby? I’ve heard a bit about it, but to tell you the truth, I’ve played in so many derbies throughout my career:

“I don’t know which one is the toughest to play in, but I respect them all.

“I don’t think there should be too much focus on the Derby, there are so many things to focus on: if you just think about the derby, you can’t give your best.

“You have to prepare well and win before the Derby, where you have to show your best.

“Immobile? He’s a great player, he can score so many goals for us and I hope he can become the Capocannoniere by helping us with so many goals

“Igli Tare said I was ‘the market’s icing on the cake’? I don’t consider myself to be the best player.

“I haven’t played yet either, so I can’t make such judgments. I want the other champions to say it to me at the end of the season.

“I want to come here, play my football, focus on my team and try to give my best until the end of the season.

“The ‘new Klose’ and what Ronaldo represents? I’m not here to compare myself to other players. I’m here to do my job of helping the team in the best way I can.

“I know that there have been so many fantastic players here before me: I have to appreciate and respect the club’s history, but my goal isn’t to come here and do better than them. I want to help the club win.

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s a Real Madrid player and plays with me for the national team.

“I like the Italian League, there are some great players here and I’ve followed it for several years

“I’m grateful that I can now play in this League. I’m happy and now it’s time to enjoy it. After that, the important thing is to be able to give my best to the club.

“League finish? It depends on results, and a lot of it will depend on how we do in our first few games. We must work, stay focuse and not say how the season will end now.

"It's not possible for me to play this Sunday, but we’pe put together a program. I didn’t have a proper preseason, so it’s mine now. I’m working to get back into shape as soon as possible.

“As soon as I complete the program with the physios and coaches, I’ll be available.

“Motivation is crucial, and I hope to help the team achieve their objectives for the season.

“I’ll try to do my best, taking advantage of the experience I have in my career to help this club succeed.”

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