The agent of Inter teenager Nikola Iliev insists his client is determined to break through at the Nerazzurri, whilst predicting great things of the attacking midfielder.
Having joined Inter from Botev Plovdiv last year, the Bulgarian 16-year-old has settled into the Nerazzurri’s Primavera team and already made five appearances despite his young age.
Agent Kaloyan Ivanov insisted however that he was always confident that Iliev would adapt well to life in Italy and claimed that he was happy and determined to be a success at Inter.
“I knew he would settle in as quickly as he did, but the key is not just his talent but the way he lives every day,” Ivanov told FCInterNews.it. “He likes to work hard in every training session and does extra sessions with a smile on his face.
“He is very happy to have been given a chance [in the Primavera]. I also think that, as the youngest member of the squad, he performed really well. After just three games he had already scored his first goal for Inter. He showed his qualities right from the start and I am proud of him.
“His future is at Inter, he is only just starting. Everyone knows, including Nikola, that at top clubs like Inter, wearing the No. 10 shirt has weight. It is an extra motivation and brings responsibility.”
Ivanov reflected on Iliev’s progress upon joining Inter and insisted that he would be better suited remaining with the Nerazzurri rather than going out on loan to develop elsewhere.
“He was extremely satisfied, happy and had more awareness after his first sessions. His dreams are huge, as they should be for any kid playing football. So we’ll see, but the future will certainly be interesting, I’m convinced.
“It would be better for him to stay at Inter. I believe in Inter’s project for my client and if you ask me if I’m happy with my choice then the answer is simple. I am, and so is Nikola,” Ivanov concluded.
Inter fought off competition from Portuguese club Benfica and Dutch giants Ajax to land Iliev after the Bulgarian had caught the attention with three goals in five appearances at Botev Plovdiv.