Inter wingback Federico Dimarco’s journey from a childhood fan of the Nerazzurri to a central figure in the team’s dressing room appears to be complete, and now he has marked himself out as a key man for the future.

This is highlighted in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who argue that the 25-year-old now looks set to be at the heart not just of his club side, but also of the Italian national team for years to come.

From the humble beginnings of being a childhood fan coming through Inter’s academy, Dimarco did not exactly make an instant impact.

The wingback was sent out on a number of loan spells to find his feet within the senior game.

Two seasons on loan at Hellas Verona in Serie A saw Dimarco emerge as a player capable of playing a starting role in a strong top flight side, and this convinced the Nerazzurri to give the academy product his chance in the senior side in the summer of 2021.

In his first season playing for his boyhood club in Serie A, Dimarco showed solid form and made plenty of appearances, although the sense was that he was not a member of the first-choice starting eleven.

This time around, however, the 25-year-old is virtually one of the first names on the team sheet down a left flank which he has made his own.

Not only is Dimarco’s quality on the pitch evident, however, but his intense bond with the club has meant that his teammates have increasingly turned to him as a leader figure behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, Dimarco has become a regular in Roberto Mancini’s Italy team, and the sense is that at this moment in time and potentially for some time into the future, the strongest Azzurri lineup would include the Inter man.