Midfielder Kristjan Asllani is keen to play more and more of a leading role at Inter Milan.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster RAI Radio, via FCInter1908, the Albanian also thanked his teammates for their support in training.
So far, Asllani has yet to really cement a major role for himself in Inter’s midfield.
Since the 21-year-old’s move from Empoli last summer, playing time has not exactly been easy to come by for him.
But that is not at all to say that Asllani has been out of the picture entirely.
Rather, the opportunities have been measured out for the young midfielder.
At times, there have been questions about when Asllani will start becoming more of a regular in the team.
And there have been doubts about whether Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi trusts the young Albanian international.
But this season, Inzaghi has not lacked in faith in Asllani, even if it has mostly come in the form of appearances from the bench rather than starts.
Kristjan Asllani Wants To Play A Big Role At Inter
Yesterday against Roma, Asllani was given a chance to impact the match from the bench.
When the 21-year-old came on for Hakan Calhanoglu as a second half substitute, Inter had yet to find the back of the net.
There was a worry that for all their dominance of possession, the Nerazzurri were heading for a frustrating 0-0 draw.
But it was Asllani’s excellent long diagonal switch of play that finally unlocked the match.
The Albanian pinged the ball to wingback Federico Dimarco in space. Then Dimarco played in the cross for Marcus Thuram to finish and break the deadlock.
Asllani observed that “It was a difficult match. It gets us back to the top of the table.'”
He continued that “We knew Roma would defend deep.”
“We did well to stick together and keep pushing to find the goal until the end,” the young midfielder continued.
Asllani said that “I’m happy. All the guys stick close to me.”
“Even last year when I wasn’t playing much, there were always comforting words, including from Calhanoglu.”
“I want to feel more and more like I’m playing a leading role here,” Asllani said. “And I’m sure that I can with work, which will pay off.”