Rolando was presented as an Inter player as well and started by answering the question about what he expects to do at Inter and if he expected a call from Mazzarri:
“I want to work hard and have a great season. Inter is a great club. The fact that Mazzarri wanted me with him made me happy.”
Do you think that Inter can compete for the Scudetto?
“The season is long. The team has won titles in the recent years, but now Inter comes from a very tough season. The only thing that counts is working hard and we’ll see where that’ll take us.”
What do you think Inter has that could scare the other teams in the league?
“In football today there is no fear. Inter is a great club and when the other clubs face Inter they have respect for the club. We want to do well because the club deserves it. We must work hard to arrive in the best conditions for the games.”
Since you know Mazzarri from previous experiences, has he changed or is he the same person?
“What I can say about Mazzarri is that he is very experienced. He hasn’t changed his work methods a lot, we believes in hard an good work to have the team ready for the games. The team has already learnt something after 50 days with Mazzarri, though a little more time is needed to improve more.”
Did you talk to your former team mates Guarin and Pereira before joining Inter and did they effect your choice?
“Pereira and Guarin are my friends since a long time back. I knew that Inter is a great club before their interest. When I got to know about the interest from Inter I only spoke briefly with Guarin and Pereira about if they could help me with the most basic stuff, but Inter is known all over the world and needs no presentation as a club.”
Our colleagues on Fcinternews asks what role he can play in the defense and if he’d like to be reunited with his friend Fernando from Porto:
“I can play in all roles in Mazzarris defense, and he knows that because we’ve talked about it. Fernando is like a brother for me and I wish him all the best. It’s not up to me to speak about whether he’ll come to Inter or not, the club will handle that. But he is like a brother for me.”
You and Campagnaro are the only players that Mazzarri has brought from Napoli, can this mean that you’ll play some games from start?
“The coach has brought me here because he believes in me. I played for Napoli when I was in good physical form. I believe in myself and in my qualities, and that I could get playing time.”
You’re here on a loan, could this effect your performances because you need to prove what you can to stay?
“I think that the only thing a player has in mind is playing, that is what I like to do and that is what I’m thinking about. On a loan or if Inter would’ve bought me, it doesn’t matter. Then outside of the field maybe I’ll think about it. But the important thing is to be an Inter player. I want to play and do well, then we’ll see.”
Did you choose Inter to play the world cup?
“In football you can’t speak about the future. I made this choice because I like Inter and because they wanted me. Of course I’d like to play a world cup, if I play here I might make a comeback to the national team. But it all depends on the coach. I want to play here and the national team is another thing.”