Tuesday February 8 2011
I feel Italian, says Thiago Motta

Inter midfielder Thiago Motta insists that he feels Italian ahead of his debut for La Nazionale in a friendly against Germany on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old, who was born in Brazil, is the latest Oriundo to wear the famous blue shirt.

Speaking from Italy's training camp in Coverciano, he said: "I hope to play a great game. It will be a special evening. The emotion will not be comparable with anything else I have been through in my career so far.

"I feel privileged to have this opportunity and I will try and take it to the best of my abilities.

"The national team shirt was the one of my dreams. I have the chance to make it come true after many years and I am happy for this.

"I was born in Brazil, but I feel absolutely Italian. I am very happy to be here with my teammates.

"My family comes from Italy. I didn't have the luck to be born here, but I feel completely Italian.

"I know the national anthem, but I won't sing it only because I don't know the melody.

"I don't know what they think in Brazil about this decision. I don't believe that they consider me a traitor."

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