Monday February 28 2011
Maicon is my idol, says Nagatomo

Inter's new signing Yuto Nagatomo has revealed how he idolises his teammate Douglas Maicon, but doesn't want to replace him.

The 24-year-old joined Inter from Cesena in the January transfer window to bolster their options at the full-back position.

He was a member of the Japan side that won the Asia Cup under Alberto Zaccheroni earlier this year.

"Maicon remains my idol, but I don't want to be his substitute," Nagatomo said.

"I am focused on getting to his level."

Reflecting on last night's 2-0 win at Sampdoria, he said: "It went well.

"Leo told me to push on because I was always the quickest."

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