Materazzi: “I was practically sold to Villareal in 2006”Materazzi: “Jag var praktiskt taget såld till Villareal under 2006”

Materazzi: “I was practically sold to Villareal in 2006”Materazzi: “Jag var praktiskt taget såld till Villareal under 2006”-->
March 12, 2014 10:16
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Inter legend Marco Materazzi spoke in an exclusive interview made by our partner fcinternews.it about a lot of interesting issues, including the move from Perugia to Inter in the summer of 2001, the move to Villareal in the season 2005/06 that came close to being done, opponents and teammates. Inter’s former number 23 avoided, however, to talk about the rumors that he may be about to return to Inter.

Marco, let’s start with your farewell from Perugia. Who were the first people who informed you that you would be playing for Inter the following season?

“I was informed directly by Oriali and Facchetti, they were the first people that revealed my move to Inter. It still remained a lot to the end of the league (2000/01 Ed. ) But back in January, I knew that I would wear Inter’s shirt next season.”

In Milan you have experienced unforgettable moments, won many titles in Italy, Europe and the World. Was there a time when you, on the other hand, were close to saying farewell to Inter?

“Yes, during the 2005/06 season, the year leading up to the World Cup in Germany.”

Can you tell us some details? Was there any truth to the speculation about Bologna?

“No, with Bologna there was nothing concrete. I was close to Villareal, but luckily I stayed and we all know how that season ended.”

What happened with the Spaniards?

“It was Marco Branca who conducted the negotiations himself. Everything was happening without my consent because it definitely wasn’t my intention to leave Inter. During the training camp before the World Cup, I was practically sold to Villareal, but after the victory in Berlin, I was immediately indispensable.”

How did the story end?

“The decision to stay was ultimately made partly by me and partly by the club. I spoke with Moratti and in the end we decided to continue together. We can say that when you become world champion, it was easier for the club to keep me.”

We move on to the teammates you had during your 10 seasons at Inter. Can you give us your personal top three of the best players?

“I would like to mention five. I say Eto’o, Ronaldo, Figo, Stankovic and Chivu.”

The three strongest opponents you’ve met?

“In the first place I would put Julio Ricardo Cruz, Gabriel Omar Batistuta would be second, while Francesco Totti is third.”

During your career, you have played games that have defined both Inter’s as well the Italian national team’s history. As for games you want to forget, is there anyone that you particularly would like to play again, aside from the infamous game May 5, 2002?

“I’m reminded of the semi-final against AC Milan in the Champions League in 2003, when we were eliminated after two drawn games.”

Aside from the final in Madrid, is there instead a match you’re particularly fond of?

“Undoubtedly the Scudetto match against Siena on April 22, 2007, when I scored two goals.”

Source: fcinternews.itMaterazzi01

Interlegenden Marco Materazzi pratade i en exklusiv intervju gjord av vår partner fcinternews.it om en hel intressanta frågor, däribland övergången från Perugia till Inter sommaren 2001, flytten till Villareal säsongen 2005/06 som var nära att bli av, motståndare och lagkamrater. Inters tidigare nummer 23 undvek dock att prata om de rykten som säger att han kan vara på väg att återvända till Inter.

Marco, låt oss börja med ditt avsked från Perugia. Vilka var de första personerna som informerade dig om att du skulle spela för Inter den efterföljande säsongen?

“Jag informerades direkt av Oriali och Facchetti, de var de första personerna som avslöjade min flytt till Inter. Det återstod fortfarande en hel del fram till ligans slut (2000/01 red.), men redan i januari visste jag att jag nästa säsong skulle bära Inters tröja.”

I Milano har du upplevt oförglömliga stunder, vunnit många titlar i Italien, Europa och Världen. Fanns det en tid då du, å andra sidan, var nära att säga farväl till Inter?

“Ja, under säsongen 2005/06, året som ledde fram till VM i Tyskland.”

Kan du berätta några detaljer? Fanns det någon sanning i spekulationerna om Bologna?

“Nej, med Bologna fanns det inget konkret. Jag var nära Villareal, men som tur var blev jag kvar och vi vet alla hur den säsongen slutade.”

Hur gick det med spanjorerna?

“Det var Marco Branca som genomförde förhandlingarna själv. Allt pågick utan mitt medgivande eftersom det definitivt inte var min avsikt att lämna Inter. Under träningslägret inför VM var jag i praktiken såld till Villareal, men efter segern i Berlin blev jag omedelbart oumbärlig.”

Hur avslutades den här historien?

“Beslutet att stanna kvar togs i slutändan delvis av mig och delvis av klubben. Jag talade med Moratti och till slut bestämde vi oss för att fortsätta tillsammans. Vi kan säga som så att när du blivit världsmästare var det var lättare för klubben att behålla mig.”

Vi går vidare till de lagkamrater du hade under dina 10 säsonger i Inter. Kan du ge oss din personliga topp tre av de bästa spelarna?

“Jag skulle vilja nämna fem. Jag säger Eto’o, Ronaldo, Figo, Stankovic och Chivu.”

De tre starkaste motståndarna du mött?

“På första plats skulle jag sätta Julio Ricardo Cruz, Gabriel Omar Batistuta som tvåa, medan Francesco Totti är trea.”

Under din karriär har du spelat matcher som har präglat såväl Inters som det italienska landslagets historia. När det gäller matcher du vill glömma, finns det någon som du i synnerhet skulle vilja spela om, bortsett från den ökända matchen den 5 maj 2002?

“Jag påminns om semifinalen mot AC Milan i Champions League 2003, när vi eliminerades efter två oavgjorda matcher.”

Bortsett från finalen i Madrid, finns det istället någon match du är speciellt förtjust i?

“Utan tvekan Scudettomatchen mot Siena den 22 april 2007, den då jag gjorde två mål.”

Källa: fcinternews.it

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