Nerazurri wingback Federico Dimarco admits that starring for Inter Milan this season is a “dream” for him.
Speaking to UEFA Champions League Magazine, via FCInterNews, the 25-year-old opened up on what playing in the Champions League final with the team he’s supported since his childhood means to him.
Within Inter’s squad, Dimarco represents something unique.
The wingback is a player who came through the Nerazzurri youth system. Not only that, but Dimarco is a player who has always had a strong connection to the club, through his family of supporters.
Over the past couple seasons, Dimarco has brought the perspective and passion of a lifelong fan into the Nerazzurri dressing room.
The wingback’s path to the Inter first team has been a bit of a circuitous one.
Dimarco has gone out on a number of loan spells. It was his two seasons on loan with Hellas Verona between 2019 and 2021 that really convinced Inter he was ready for the first team.
Federico Dimarco: Playing For Inter Milan A “Dream”
Last season was Dimarco’s first playing regular first-team football for Inter.
The wingback was not necessarily a first-choice starter. Down the left flank, Ivan Perisic was the undisputed number one.
However, Dimarco still got plenty of chances both from the start and from the bench. He also showed his versatility by playing plenty of times in the back three.
This season, Perisic’s departure has opened the door for Dimarco to become the first-choice starter on the left. He has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Dimarco reflected, “Since I was born my family has passed on their love for Inter to me.”
“Playing here, I’ve fulfilled a dream,” he continued.
The Inter wingback noted that “Playing in the Champions League final is not something that happens every day. Especially for Inter, who have won it three times.”
“Every boy dreams of playing these matches,” Dimarco said.
Dimarco also expressed his admiration for Nerazzurri Vice-President and legendary former captain Javier Zanetti.
“For me, as with many other Interisti, you represent the history of Inter,” he said to the Vice-President.
“You are one of the few captains who spent so many years wearing the armband, and seeing you lift the Champions League was a special feeling,” he said.
“I started crying at the final in Madrid,” Dimarco concluded.