Current Sudtirol and former Inter forward Matteo Rover has revealed that former Nerazzurri wingers Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva were two of the players who he was most inspired by.

Speaking to Italian news outlet, the 24-year-old also admitted that making a return to the Nerazzurri at some point would represent a dream come true for him.

Rover joined Inter’s youth academy in 2015, and he spent a total of five years contracted to the club before making a permanent move to Sudtirol in 2020.

During his time with the Nerazzurri, the 24-year-old never made a senior appearance, although he did have the opportunity to train with some of the senior players in the squad.

For his part, the players who Rover took the most inspiration from when he was given the opportunity to work with them were Perisic and Candreva, who he’s tried to model aspects of his game off of.

Asked if he has any specific role models, Rover replied “No one in particular, at Inter I looked up to Perisic and Candreva who are two attacking wingers, and I tried to take inspiration from them since they play the same position as me on the pitch.”

Asked if Inter was like a family to him, the 24-year-old responded “Absolutely, I spent three wonderful years there.”

“I met some great guys, and we spent a lot together at school and in boarding school.”

Asked if he’d like to return, Rover replied that “Of course I’d like to go back, it would be a dream come true.”

“If I’m ever going to deserve to wear that shirt, then I have to do everything I can for Sudtirol to prove myself,” he added.