Saturday July 7 2012
Silvestre to fulfil Samuel dream

New Inter signing Matias Silvestre says he has realised a dream by being able to play alongside Walter Samuel.

The defender completed a loan move to the Nerazzurri yesterday and he’s keen to star with his former Boca Juniors colleague.

“I was 16 and I had just been added to the Boca first team squad,” the Argentine told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I never got the chance to play in the same side as Samuel, but that was always a desire.

“Therefore I can now realise a childhood dream by playing alongside him for real.”

The 27-year-old will also be reunited with Rodrigo Palacio after he joined the Stadio Meazza boys from Genoa.

“He was with me at Boca and he is a dear friend,” the former Catania man added. “He’s bombarded me with messages in recent weeks, asking me to not join Milan…”

Silvestre was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, but he insists that the Nerazzurri were always his top option.

“I left my agent to sort everything out, even if I always wanted Inter. I’ve been tempted by their jersey for some time.”

Silvestre is uncapped at international level and could soon be the subject of a tug-of-war between Argentina and Italy.

“My first aim is to win a place at Inter,” he added. “I’ve heard that Italy boss Cesare Prandelli wants to call me up and that is pleasing.

“I’ve also spoken to the Argentine Coach, but it is too soon for that now. I’m only thinking of Inter. This is a chance of a lifetime and I don’t want to waste it.”

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