Thursday April 15 2021
Tagliafico 'pleased' by Inter link: 'Zanetti is my idol'

Ajax full-back Nicolas Tagliafico admitted he’s ‘pleased’ by the interest from Inter. ‘My idol of all time is Javier Zanetti’.

The Argentine defender spoke to Tuttomercatoweb ahead of the return leg in the Europa League with Roma tonight.

Tagliafico has been linked with a move to Inter in recent years but the 28-year-old said he’s only focused on his ‘adventure’ with the Dutch giants for now.

“It’s incredible to be linked with such a team, with all the history there,” he said. “I can tell you that my idol of all time is Javier Zanetti.

“He played his entire career in the Nerazzurri shirt. This interest cannot be other than pleasing, but I’m a realistic person and today I therefore prefer to focus exclusively on the present.

“Now I enjoy the moment and the adventure with Ajax, then we will see what happens in the future.”

Roma lead 2-1 from the first leg in Amsterdam and the Argentina international said he’s ‘intrigued’ by the Italian League.

“Serie A is a very competitive championship, with very tactically prepared teams and many great players,” he said.

“Such a League always intrigues. My surname is clearly Italian, I have origins from Genoa and Calabria. Obviously, I would like to play in the top division in Italy one day.”