Aston Villa star Nicolo Zaniolo felt that his Inter Milan stint came a little too soon, admitting he wasn’t ready at the time.
The well-traveled attacking midfielder spent time in the youth ranks of Genoa, Fiorentina and Virtus Entella. In 2017, he signed for the Nerazzurri, joining the club’s Primavera squad.
However, the Italian never made it to Luciano Spalletti’s senior squad. After one season at Inter, he ended up joining AS Roma.
The Nerazzurri used the young player as a bargaining chip in a deal that brought Radja Nainggolan to Appiano Gentile. Zaniolo immediately enjoyed his breakthrough in the Italian capital.
The 24-year-old currently plies his trade at Aston Villa. He once again finds himself working with Spalletti who’s now at the helm of the Italian national team.
Nevertheless, Zaniolo has no hard feelings regarding his brief Inter stint under the Tuscan manager. He feels that he wasn’t ready to feature for the senior squad at the time.
“At Inter, I wasn’t ready yet,” said the Italy star in his interview with La Repubblica via FcInter1908 while discussing his rapport with the national team coach.
Aston Villa Star Nicolo Zaniolo Admits He Wasn’t Ready To Feature For Luciano Spalletti’s Inter Milan
“But here [with the national team], Spalletti immediately presented himself as a direct, highly prepared coach who knows what he wants you to do on the pitch.
“Whether you’re doing good or bad, he’ll tell it to your face. I’d rather have a person telling me I’m doing poorly, rather than someone making empty promises.
“There are many people who act this way in football. Thus, it’s not easy to find people like Spalletti.”