New Inter striker Edin Dzeko is happy with his new club and believes that the circumstances are right for success at the Nerazzurri.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster DAZN, as reported by FCInter1908, the Bosnian spoke about his transfer, his first couple weeks as an Inter player, and some of his teammates.
Dzeko made his competitive Inter debut over the weekend, putting in an excellent performance against Genoa which he capped off by scoring the final goal in a 4-0 win over the Griffone.
The 35-year-old is already looking forward to the continuation of his adventure at the Giuseppe Meazza, and he feels proud of how he performed in the first Serie A match of the season for the Nerazzurri.
Of his debut against Genoa, the Bosnian said, “I was also a little nervous, which is not like me. I have played many games in my career, at club level and with the national team, normally I’m not nervous.”
“Seeing the fans outside,” he continued, “I asked the guys how far in they could come. It wasn’t the first match at San Siro, but it was the first home game there. When we went to the locker room, I was walking towards the guests and Perisic told me to go to the other side.”
He went on, “My mother was there at the stadium and also two other friends, then I saw the stadium which was incredible, now I can say that it is my home. In the future I want to score many goals and so many great things for Inter”
On his first goal for Inter, the Bosnian said, “I was looking for it because it was my first match. When you score immediately it has a great effect.”
He continued, “In the last thirty minutes I had cramp, the coach asked me how I was and I told him to leave me on the pitch. Then it went on, I scored and I relaxed.”
Dzeko spoke of the pressures of replacing the departed Romelu Lukaku, explaining that “Lukaku has done great things here in the last two years. We have to say thank you, he did really well, but I don’t like looking back.”
He continued, “I prefer to look at the future. Now all that counts is Inter doing well. I know my capabilities and my my qualities, and I know what I can give and I’m sure I can contribute a lot to this team.”
Of his new teammate Lautaro Martinez, he said that “If we set up like at City, where I was with Kun [Sergio Aguero] and Tevez, it is the right path. Lautaro is a great player, very young, 24 years old.”
“Strong players belong at Inter,” he went on, “I’m happy he stayed despite having some important offers. It means so much for the club.”
Of his nickname, he said that “I saw that in the last few days I’ve been called Sarajevo’s Swan, but what counts is what you do on the pitch. Then the fans can choose.”
“I don’t remember who gave me Number Nine,” he said of his shirt number, “At first I was a winger, but I always scored.”
“In the Czech Republic, in the second division, the coach made me Number Ten and told me that I had to run more, and I arrived in the top flight. The vision of the game also comes from there. Using the left and right is an advantage.”
On his new head coach, former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi, Dzeko stated that “I had good expectations. I heard many good things from players he’s coached.”
“Given the style of football he played at Lazio I was sure it was perfect for me,” he continued about his new manager, elaborating that “I had a lot of fun in the ninety minutes against Genoa and the forty-five minutes with the team agaisnt Dynamo Zagreb.”
He explained, “I understood that it is a strong team and that they want to play football well. This is my seventh year in Italy, as a child I watched football in Italy, and I wanted to come here and learn the language. I’m happy, I can still give a lot. Inter coaches have seen this.”
The 35-year-old spoke about his former club Roma, stating that “Roma still has a place in my heart. We spent six years together, my three children were born in Rome, it will always be their home.”
“I have good memories, nostalgia is something that comes naturally. I always cheer for my former teammates, those were six very important years for me.”
Lastly, Dzeko looked ahead to the Nerazzurri’s next match, against Verona, stating that “I remember that I didn’t play against Verona, not by choice. I hope to play and win this year.”
He continued, “I don’t think about what happened. We want to do well and continue this path started against Genoa.”