Former Inter forward Dennis Bergkamp admits that after two disappointing seasons he with the Nerazzurri he had felt like it was time for a new challenge.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, the Dutchman looked back on his decision to cut his time in Serie A short to join Arsenal, where he would become one of the iconic players of the Premier League.
Bergkamp had been a marquee signing for Inter during the summer of 1993, with the then-24-year-old establishing a very positive reputation with his performances for Ajax during the seasons prior.
The Dutchman’s time at Inter could not have been considered to have lived up to that reputation, and it was not seen as a surprise when he departed just two seasons later in the summer of 1995.
Bergkamp’s fortunes would take a major upswing in an Arsenal shirt, as he became one of the Gunners’ all-time great players and won several Premier League titles including as part of the famous “Invincibles” team that went a league campaign without defeat.
“I had been playing in Italy for two years and I didn’t want to remain there anymore,” the Dutchman recalled. “Arsenal were interested in me and I immediately felt like I was more where I belonged. It seemed like the right choice for me virtually from the first moment.”