Ranocchia: “I’m ready for Inter”

Andrea Ranocchia told reporters he felt he was ready to step up to the big league and play an important part in Inter’s season after sealing his switch from Genoa yesterday.
The 22-year old defender who Inter partly co-owned became the latest Nerazzurro after the Biscione paid €12.5 million to Genoa to bring him to the club in January instead of June.
“This is what I have been dreaming of since I started playing football: to make it to a team such as Inter. But this needs to be a starting point too”, started off the youngster.
Ranocchia who shot to prominence at Bari last season after some brilliant defensive displays said that he was looking forward to competing at the highest level with his new team-mates.
“I feel ready to give my all for this team, despite obviously being humbled to have this opportunity. I’m very excited, it’s a great feeling to be here.”
Ranocchia was hampered by injury which impeded his time at Bari, but the Italian believes he has completely recovered and has emerged stronger from the experience.
“The injury is now behind me. It certainly fortified my character. On my first day here, I was immediately contacted by Marco Materazzi, who was very happy with my arrival. And then I felt comfortable with the other new teammates.”
Ranocchia has been training with Inter with special permission from Genoa ever since the Nerazzurri returned to Italy after winning the Club World Cup and he praised his new coach.
“Leonardo is a coach who likes to interact a lot with the players and I like it very much. I know that, for any problem, I can talk to him, without hesitation, and this is important for a player.”
Ranocchia’s exploits have immediately earned him comparisons with some of Italy’s stalwarts like Alessandro Nesta, but the ‘Frog’ feels there is still a lot to learn.
“It is only others who talk of Nesta. He has certainly always been a point of reference for me, but first I have to learn from all the great players that are here.”
Ranocchia will be a part of the Inter squad that will welcome Napoli on Thursday in the first fixture of the New Year.

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