Former midfielder Paul Ince believes that his decision to join Inter was the best move he could have made, whilst his relationship with ex-President Massimo Moratti was special.
In an interview with Sky Sports’ ‘My Story’ series, and as reported by FCInterNews.it, the former England international looked back on his career and focused on his time in Serie A with Inter.
Having joined from Manchester United in 1995, Ince admitted that he initially struggled to adapt to life in Italy until Moratti intervened.
“At first my family and I struggled to find accommodation in Milan, my son Tom was there too, that’s why we went back to England for a few days. I spoke to Massimo Moratti and he asked me why I wasn’t in a nice hotel until I found the right solution,” Ince revealed.
“I still appreciate what he did very much, we lived in a hotel and I played football. Then we found an apartment above Jurgen Klinsmann’s, it was beautiful with a lake view.
“Everything made Moratti special, just looking at him you couldn’t help but feel respect for him. He had a really significant love for me and he showed it in his desire to take me to Italy.
“It wasn’t the coach at the time, Ottavio Bianchi, who came to see me in the match against Crystal Palace (for Manchester United), but Massimo directly. And when he convinced me to come to Italy, he made sure that everything was perfect for me. He treated me like a king.”
Ince’s decision to leave the Premier League for Serie A saw him score 13 goals in 73 appearances for Inter before moving on to Liverpool in 1998, but he was adamant that it was the right choice.
“In the end I can say it was the best transfer I could have made in my career. Inter is a prestigious club, with fantastic fans and an incredible stadium. Then the lifestyle, the weather, everything was perfect. Probably the best place I’ve ever been.”
The 54-year-old also felt that he enjoyed a close connection with Inter’s supporters and was welcomed by them as soon as he arrived in Milan.
“Right from the start the fans started singing “Come on Paul Ince.” When they sang that in England it meant I had to improve.
There I realised that they have always been by my side. I want to say that they never criticised me even for a moment. And I often went to thank them under the Curva, they supported me even when I played badly. They are really amazing fans, and I’m sorry I had to leave so soon,” Ince concluded.