Friday September 30 2011
Preview: Inter - Napoli

Ahead of Inter's match with Napoli, Mauro Zarate has given an insight into his time at Lazio, and what he hopes to achieve in Milan.

Speaking to Inter Channel, the Argentine first reflected on his spell with Lazio, his move to the Nerazzurri and what he hopes comes of it.

"I did quite well in my first year at Lazio but my second season wasn't good, it was a bad year. Then last season, my third, we came within a whisker of achieving our aim of getting into the Champions League.

"I scored some goals last term but it was quite a normal year. Now I feel I have matured and I hope this will be a huge season for me.

"I'm very happy in Milan, I really like it here. Rome is a beautiful city but it's more chaotic. Milan is calmer, I like it.

"It's true that there were some English clubs after me but Inter are Inter; I had no doubts about where I wanted to be.

"Beppe [Bozzo, his agent] said to me: 'Come up to Milan because we have to speak to Inter.' So I set off immediately unaware that it was nearly all wrapped up.

"He knew it was already a done deal but I didn't, so I was really tense. On the plane I was even in a cold sweat.

"I was so happy that day. And now I want to remain here at Inter. Of course I'd like to stay here. That's what I want and what I really hope I do."

Zarate finds himself under the stewardship of former Roma rival Claudio Ranieri.

"Ranieri and I have joked a little about our past as rivals. He wound me up a bit about the Rome derbies he won... I've never scored against him.

"Ranieri wants everything. He wants to fight for everything, not only for the Scudetto. And we're at Inter so it's only right.

"We're a great team and we'll fight on all fronts. The fans know that and we know that. We started off badly but we've picked ourselves up now. You'll see, we'll achieve great things."

His interviewers finished with a more light-hearted question: how many times has he been told to pass more?

"Quite a few, I must admit…"

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