Tuesday July 3 2012
Inter sign up Del Piero

Inter have handed a first professional contract to up-and-coming creative talent Yago Del Piero, after his work in the youth set-up.

The young midfielder, who shares a famous surname with the unrelated Alessandro, has caught the eye at the Nerazzurri’s youth development level in recent seasons.

Originally an attacking midfielder playing as a trequartista and citing Ricky Kaka as an influence, the teenager, who first developed at Treviso, is another such talent to have been moved back into a deeper central role with his team.

His performances for Inter have seen him handed a first professional contract, signed just yesterday, tying him to the San Siro outfit until 2015.

“I’ve just signed for three years and I’m delighted,” Del Piero told this week.

“It’s my first professional contract, even if this is my fifth year at Inter, after Treviso.

“I began as a trequartista, but at Inter I’ve played in midfield, as a regista and as an internal central-midfielder.

“Andrea Pirlo is a universal role model, I even appreciate Thiago Motta, who is a player with great qualities.

“I don’t think I have any connections with the ‘true’ Del Piero, with Alex, but I know that he is also a model to follow, as a player and a person.”