SPAL attacker Luca Siligardi still cherishes his early-career spell at Inter Milan, recalling memories with his former coach Roberto Mancini.

The 36-year-old started his career as a Nerazzurri youth product. While he managed to make a couple of appearances for the first team, he never truly got his big breakthrough at San Siro.

Instead, he spent his early career years on loan with Bari, Piacenza and Bologna among others.

The Italian left Inter on a permanent basis in 2011 to join Livorno and embark on a journeyman career.

Siligardi represented the likes of Parma and Hellas Verona, and currently plies his trade at SPAL in Serie C.

Nevertheless, the player still looks back on his Inter experience with great pride.

“I won the Viareggio Cup with the Primavera and made my debut in the first team,” said Siligardi in his interview with Unwrap via FcInterNews.

“They were wonderful years where I discovered an incredible world. At the time, there were champions at the level of Ibrahimovic, Crespo, Materazzi and Julio Cesar.

Luca Siligardi Recalls Wonderful Memories At Inter Milan

“We trained at Pinetina, so when we arrived at the pitch, we always saw the first team players. I was living a dream. Many kids at my age wished they were in my place.”

The veteran forward also dwelled on his special rapport with former Inter coach Roberto Mancini who gave him his first-team debut.

“I was lucky enough that in my second year, Mancini started to call me up for the first team. I had the opportunity to interact with the club’s stars and it was wonderful.

“Mancini told me that I was one of the young players he appreciated.

“I did the tour in Dubai, then he called me up for the Coppa Italia. He held me in high regard. It’s something that fills me with pride until this very day.”