Friday August 19 2016
Matri: 'Sassuolo my new home'

Alessandro Matri is relishing a permanent move to “family” Sassuolo after “years of being a football vagabond.”

The striker made the transfer from Milan this week following a series of loan spells at Fiorentina, Genoa, Juventus and Lazio.

“Over the last few years I’ve been a football vagabond, so now I am here to find my home,” he said on his 32nd birthday.

“This is a great squad and I will have to sweat to earn my place. I can contribute my experience, but I also like to get in there and learn from even the youngest players.”

Sassuolo beat Milan to sixth place last season and are on the verge of Europa League group phase qualification after defeating Red Star 3-0.

“I would’ve come here even without Europe. Now the second leg will need to be as perfect as the first. I am in good shape and training at 100 per cent, even if I don’t have many minutes in my legs yet.

“I really want to reboot and my biggest target for this season is to score in double figures. Sassuolo are a reality now, as in five years they went from Serie C to the Europa League play-offs and did it with the attitude of a big club.

“It’s a wonderful environment to work in and I come from a small town, so Sassuolo makes me feel right at home. I found a family atmosphere and that is what I needed.

“I think I am suited to Sassuolo’s style of football and hope to do well here.”