Former Ireland star Robbie Keane discussed his positive experience in Milan with Inter in an interview with International media outlet Sky Sports earlier today, as reported by FcInterNews.
“I always wanted to play in the best clubs and Inter was and is one of them. Having the chance to play there was beautiful, a wonderful experience, I wouldn’t change it for anything. Maybe I was too young, 20-21 years old, to change country. I wasn’t afraid, I was there to play in one of the best teams and I had fun.”
Keane then highlighted how important it is for younger players to play abroad to gain more experience and understand a different style of football.
“I took home a lot of positive things, it helped me to better understand football and today they ask me if young people should go abroad. There are young English people who go to Germany, go and take advantage of the opportunities to move to other countries, a different kind of football helps players grow.”
Keane joined the Nerazzurri in 2000 after an impressive season in the Premier League with Coventry City. The Irishman signed a five-year contract with the Milanese club, but after the departure of Marcello Lippi his position in the club’s hierarchies dropped. The player was loaned out to Leeds United after only six months and never played for Inter again.
Keane made 15 appearances across all competitions for Inter in those six months, for a total of 873 minutes. In that time, he scored three goals, including one against Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana, as well as goals in the Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup.