Diego Godin already sees “parallels” between Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Inter boss Antonio Conte as he settles into life at Inter.
“There are many similarities, trying to break the dominance in the title race. Inter’s objective is to win and we need hard work and ambition to end that Juve monologue.
“Conte really reminds me of Simeone. They experience football with the same passion, are focused on details and get the best out of their players. Conte knows what he wants, gets straight to the point, which is the ideal for a player.
“I admit, Simeone did talk to me a lot about Inter. We discussed this move, he said Inter were the biggest club he’d ever known, with passionate fans.
“Diego is a great Coach, he followed a football idea and culture that allowed Atletico to fight it out with Barcelona and Real Madrid. It was the only possible way to compete against them, as if we’d played their style of football, we would never have come close.”
The veteran defender was asked why he chose to join Inter, albeit confirming he had many other offers on the table.
“Inter came forward first and with more determination than other clubs. They outlined their project, which is ambitious, like me. I liked the idea of helping Inter make it happen.
“It’s true, I received offers from Juventus, Manchester United, while in the past there was also Manchester City, but at that moment I had a contract with Atletico and wasn’t thinking about leaving. This summer, my contract was running down.
“I can say that no other club managed to convince me the way Inter did. Plus my wife was born in Cagliari, she speaks Italian and is trying to help me learn. Her father is Pepe Herrera, who played at Cagliari with Enzo Francescoli, so we had long conversations about Serie A.”