AS Roma full-back Leonardo Spinazzola has spoken out about the time he very nearly became an Inter player and the effect it had on his career, according to a report in the Italian media.
Speaking during an interview with Sportweek, a magazine published by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italy international explained how that period of his career changed his perception of how football should affect him mentally.
“Sometimes you feel bad, but these are things that make you grow.
“My head changed there, I said to my wife Miriam: ‘now I have to have fun, if I still get angry about football give me a slap’. Certain situations strengthen you.”
Leonardo Spinazzola was a Juventus player from 2012 until 2019 but he spent the majority of those years on loan at teams such as Atalanta, Empoli, and Perugia.
He joined AS Roma on a permanent deal in 2019 and has since made 51 appearances for the Giallorossi. The full back was the star performer for Italy at Euro 2020 before he suffered a serious Achilles injury in the quarter final match against Belgium.
Italy went on to win the tournament with many goals and the victory being dedicated to the AS Roma man.