Thursday February 6 2020
Radu: 'Fate brought me to Parma'

Ionut Radu has claimed “fate” brought him back to Parma after a previous trial at the club and is “happy” to be part of a “large family” at the Ennio Tardini.

The Inter loanee spent the first half of the season at the Marassi with Genoa, but the Rossoblu replaced him as their first choice this winter and the Romanian started searching for a new club.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper has only played one game for the Nerazzurri since his arrival from Pergolettese in 2013, but he has experience from spells on loan at Avellino and Genoa.

“Nothing had been broken in Genoa, there were only a few technical choices that I have always respected,” he said at a press conference. “The first time I set foot in Italy, was here in Parma. I came to have a trial at the age of 15.

“Fate brought me back here, I’m happy about it. [Scout Vincenzo] De Vito is here, whom I know and had in Avellino. There’s a large group, we’re a large family and we can achieve great results.”

Radu kept eight clean sheets in 50 matches for Genoa and said he is still working to improve the strengths he already has to help him claim a spot in the starting line-up at the Ennio Tardini.

“My strengths are also what I have to work on, the mental aspect,” he added. “Everything starts from there. Improving the psychological aspect will help improve everything else.

“It’s always what happens on the pitch that decides. You must always give everything and put down maximum effort. Then, in the end, the coach decides.”

He admits that he didn’t know what the future held for him when Mattia Perin returned to Genoa this winter, but instantly accepted when he was presented a route to Parma.

“I was going to Inter, to talk about my future,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do. But then the phone call from Parma came and I immediately chose to come here.”

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