Inter-owned defender Zinho Vanheusden is glad to be on loan with Serie A side Genoa, and feels that his career is moving in the right direction with the Griffone.

Speaking to Belgian news outlet Sporza, the 24-year-old spoke about his development with the Ligurian club and his ambitions for the season and going beyond that.

Vanheusden returned to Inter from Standard Liege over the summer, and despite having impressed in Belgium the young centre-back was not seen as ready to break into the Nerazzurri’s first-team squad.

The priority right now for the Belgian is to get playing time at the top level and to develop within the senior game, and there was little chance of him playing regularly ahead of the Nerazzurri’s regular starting centre-backs.

As such, a loan move was always probable and Genoa sorted out a season-long dry loan for the 22-year-old who has already made two appearances in Serie A, where he is honing his game against top level opposition.

“I am very happy with this,” he said of his loan move. “After my three knee injuries, this is a reward. It is going well, even if we have had some bad luck in the first two games. I’m satisfied with the start of the season.:

Vanheusden continued, “We have a good team and we can have a strong season. It’s a different style of football than at Standard. At Genoa we play with a three-man defense just like with Belgium, which I think is a positive. We’re working on it a lot, so I’m learning a lot.”

“My goal is to go to the World Cup with the Red Devils,” he said of his career ambitions. “This is my dream and I work hard every day to make it come true.”

“In this sense, my choice to play for Genoa will also help me. It is a nice club with great fans, and I can play in a strong league every week, against good players. That way I get stronger,” he concluded.