Former Inter striker Francesco Forte, now playing in Serie A for newly-promoted side Venezia, has given an account of his short time with the Nerazzurri.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Gazzettino, as reported by L’Interista, the 28-year-old explained how when he was playing for the Nerazzurri in the 2010-11 season, he was not yet ready to play for the club.

Many talented players have come through the doors at Inter without enjoying success, and have had to look elsewhere to find the right environment in which to nurture their talents.

Forte is such a player, having finally experienced one of his most significant career achievements in the form of promotion to Serie A with Venezia.

As Forte stated, there is pressure to perform at a high level when playing for a club of Inter’s stature, where the norm is for the squad to be filled with top-level talents, and even players with a lot to give can be out of place at the Giuseppe Meazza.

“When I left Inter,” Forte explained, “I knew that I was probably not yet mature enough to handle it, especially playing in a team made up of champions.

“There were people like Diego Milito, Javier Zanetti, Wesley Sneijder. I left, and in my head my vision was to make a path to get to Serie A, and to stay there. So now my goal, like that of Venezia, is to keep ourselves up.”