Tommaso Berni has shared his hope that it is not the end for him at Inter following the expiration of his contract with the club in the past few days.
“Is it really over with Inter? I still believe, I would like to play another year,” he explained in an interview with Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.
“I know I can share my experience in a group. Maybe in Milan, even if I know it’s not easy. Let’s wait and see. I’ve always been a dreamer and I hope it happens. Although every year it has become more and more difficult.”
He then recalled his arrival at Inter back in the Summer of 2014, when he joined on a free transfer after his deal with Torino expired.
“What did I think when the call from Inter arrived? I thought my agent was joking but then when it got more concrete I was mad with joy.
“I have always tried to put my experience at the service of the youngest players. I have many good memories with Inter like two years ago when we achieved qualification for the Champions League or this year, we have grown a lot. We filled the gap with the leaders and played in a final, it went badly but these are moments that I will never forget.”
Berni then went on to sing the praises of Inter manager Antonio Conte for what he done in his first year as manager of the Nerazzurri club.
“I always thought that Conte would stay even after what he said. He is a commander, he would never abandon his ship. We lacked some experience in Europe and against Sevilla it showed in the last few minutes.
“This year with Conte, Inter has grown and we can grow further. I still speak as an Inter player because I am very close to everyone and a solid base has been created to do very well, maybe I’ll go and cheer for Inter in the Curva I’ll always be a fan.”
The former Wimbledon player then spoke on the Inter fans and how they treated him, despite the fact he never played for the club.
“They loved me and showed wonderful affection. They will have appreciated that I honoured the shirt as much as I could.
“I was sent off twice when I lived the matches as my ultra soul came out because I am really attached to my teammates and to the Inter shirt. I hope for a call from Inter, that is the dream but in the meantime, I thank Inter and all the coaches I’ve had.”
Berni then went on to speak about former teammates and he dismissed reports in the media regarding former Inter captain Mauro Icardi and what he is like as a person.
“I have many teammates with whom I have bonded, I had a good relationship with everyone on and off the pitch. Is Icardi a rotten apple? I also had an excellent relationship with Mauro, he is a very good boy and I often speak to him. The truth is inside the locker room and not outside, there has never been a problem with him.”
In conclusion Berni spoke on the goalkeepers currently at Inter in Daniele Padelli, Ionut Andrei Radu and current number one Samir Handanovic.
“What did I tell Padelli after the derby? There was no need to say anything because our role is a delicate role and when you don’t play constantly it can be hard. In the end, however, we won the game.
“Meret could be the goalkeeper of the future. Donnarumma can become among the best in the world. Radu? From my point of view, when he played he did well playing for Inter is coveted by everyone but I would have continued to play elsewhere, also because Samir is in great shape and plays all the matches.
“I don’t know how many chances he will have, certainly Inter is a great place to learn. I still want to play, I know it’s not easy to find a team that makes you play. I have always trained to play on Sunday even though I knew I was the third goalkeeper.”