Former Inter Milan Head of Youth Sector Roberto Samaden reveals the greatest joys and the most devastating agonies in his work.
The 57-year-old held his office at Inter between 2014 and 2023, overseeing the rise of a plethora of youngsters.
The Italian vacated his post last summer in favor of moving to Atalanta. He assumed a similar role with La Dea.
In a new interview, Samaden spoke about the joys and frustrations that accompany his work.
He reveals that watching a young player rise through the ranks and making his senior debut is a marvelous satisfaction.
On the other hand, seeing his pupils shine with opposition players is never easy to swallow.
“The greatest joy for those involved in youth sectors is seeing the lads make their debut in the first team,” explained Samaden in his interview with Sportitalia via FcInterNews.
“This is the dream not only for the boys but also of all the people who work around them, such as those who drive the minibusses or whoever is responsible for opening and closing the sports centre.
Ex Inter Milan Academy Manager Roberto Samaden Regrets Not Seeing Some Of His Pupils Leaving The Club
“In the last seven or eight years, players have left and graced the pitches of Serie A and other leagues.
“We regret not seeing this heritage valorized, even with all the excuses. It is frustrating to see a boy who grew up in your academy wearing the shirt of another top team.
“But this now falls within the dynamics of the market and the club’s need to balance the books.”