In an interview with broadcaster Sky Sport Austria, Inter’s Valentino Lazaro has spoken on his Summer transfer switch from Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga to Inter.
“It was a big change, I wanted a new challenge and I am very happy that everything has went well. I am looking forward to staying a long time. The transfer was completed relatively quickly, so much so that I didn’t have time to find an apartment,” he said.
He then spoke on his ambitions and new manager Antonio Conte.
“I want to carve out my space and become the starter sooner or later. I have to go at full throttle in training and take every opportunity. For me Antonio Conte is the best coach I’ve ever met in my career so far. He cares for every detail on a tactical level. All the players have to give everything for him.
“He also has an excellent relationship with the players, but obviously he is one who also knows how to be critical. He does everything in order to win and for the team.”
He was then asked about the series of racist incidents to have occurred during his brief time in Italy so far.
“We haven’t talked about it so much as a team. We noticed it when we played in Cagliari when Romelu Lukaku took the penalty kick, we understand that it is a sad thing and has been a problem for a long time in Italy.
“I notice that it does not affect the players themselves too much, at least not in our team. This is something that shouldn’t be in football like in everyday life.”
He concluded by speaking on one of the main differences he’s noticed in his new surroundings compared to Berlin.
“Fashion is on a completely different level in Milan. Personally I enjoy it very much. If you have one or two days off to go to the city, there are restaurants everywhere, food is as good as fashion.”