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Friday February 4 2011
Nagatomo eyes Roma start

Yuto Nagatomo says he's ready to make his Inter debut against Roma on Sunday. "I can't wait to play in my new stadium."

The Japanese international was presented to the media today following his deadline day loan move from Cesena.

And given that Cristian Chivu has today been handed a four-match ban, Nagatomo could appear at San Siro this weekend.

"I can't wait to play in my new stadium," he said. "I'm at the Coach's disposal and I'll be ready when he needs me.

"Inter is the club I wanted, the world champions. I'm very proud to be here and my mother cried with joy when I told her I was joining Inter.

"Everyone has been very nice to me and I'm settling in really well, both with the people and with the football side of things – it has been an excellent start."

Nagatomo accepted the switch after holding talks with Inter boss Leonardo and getting the opinion of Japan Coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

"Leonardo was very important for my arrival here. He knows Japanese football having played in my country. And it was Leonardo who called me, who wanted me to come here. I'm very grateful.

"I also spoke with Zaccheroni and he wished me well by telling me that I would make it."

The left-back also thanked Cesena for giving him the opportunity to impress in Serie A after his summer switch from Tokyo.

"The people of Cesena were always very close to me and I have happy memories of those splendid months there."

Nagatomo was also inevitably asked about city rivals Milan.

"We have to win the derby," he said. "Milan are not only Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they have many champions but I'll look to give my best against them. I'll do just that."

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