Saturday July 16 2011
Fernandez: 'Napoli like home'

Napoli unveiled their new signing, Argentine defender Federico Fernandez. “It's a dream come true and Paolo Cannavaro is my inspiration.”

The former Estudiantes man had effectively been signed in January for €3m, but has only just joined his new teammates due to a passport issue.

“Napoli is a dream come true. I am taking my first steps at the top level and it is an honour to be here. I hope to repay all the faith the club put in me,” he said at his presentation Press conference.

“Naples is like Argentina, as the fans are so very passionate. It feels like I'm home. The standard is so much higher in Serie A and the Champions League, so you need the utmost concentration to face them.

“Cannavaro is my inspiration, as he is a great professional. He took me to his house and his family were so welcoming to me, my father and my agent.”

The defender is looking forward to testing himself against the elite in Italy and Europe.

“I already played in a three-man defence and also at the right side, but I certainly feel better at the centre and like to push forward. I'm very strong in the air and can score goals.

“Considering Edinson Cavani plays in my team, I'd say the toughest opposition strikers are Alexandre Pato and Samuel Eto'o. However, that doesn't mean I'm afraid to face them.”

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