Mattia Destro admits he was “upset” when Inter sold him, but aims to score for Roma this evening.
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“It was Inter’s choice to sell me and now I want to score for Roma,” he told SportWeek.
“At the time I was upset, but now I have other priorities. I want to continue along this path. It was a dream come true to go from Ascoli to the Inter youth academy at the age of 13. I knew very few players make it professionally, but my family supported my decision to at least try.”
Although he was in the Inter youth academy, the forward spent most of his time out on loan at Genoa and Siena.
Destro was out of action for eight months with a left knee injury, but netted on his comeback.
“After eight months when I couldn’t train let alone play, the thing I missed the most was a match situation.
“I returned gradually, so scoring on my comeback was just wonderful. Roma are having an extraordinary campaign and, as a striker, I step on to the field determined to do my duty and score goals. That day I came on with the hunger to play after eight months and the hope I could put the ball in the net if the opportunity arose.”
Destro now has six goals this season, so could he be in the running for a World Cup spot?
“The World Cup is the dream of any player. If you ask one what he desires the most, other than winning trophies, it’ll be to take part in a World Cup.”