Lazio midfielder Matias Vecino feels that he expected to have a major role at Inter last season in his final campaign with the club, but didn’t.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia following his team’s 4-2 Europa League win over Feyenoord, the Uruguayan gave his thoughts on why his last couple seasons with the Nerazzurri were years to forget for him.
Vecino stayed at Inter last season for the final season of his Nerazzurri contract, but largely found himself out of favour, making only a handful of starts for the team and occasionally coming off of the bench.
Now, the 31-year-old is at Lazio where he appears to have a more prominent role under coach Maurizio Sarri, having already featured regularly in the starting eleven and scored an impressive brace against Feyenoord in yesterday’s Europa League victory, and this is a contrast to what his final season at Inter was like.
“In Conte’s last season I was out for 7-8 months,” he noted, of his injury struggles, “when you come back it’s normal that you’re still somewhat off of the pace.”
“I was in a team that was fighting for the top spots and so I didn’t get much playing time,” he continued, “then I did in the last few matches, and went to the Copa America with the national team.”
“The last season I stayed by Inzaghi’s decision that he wanted me there,” he added, “he told me that I would be an important player, but in the end it wasn’t like that at all.”