Inter Milan announced last Tuesday the acquisition (on loan) of Marcelo Brozovic from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb and today he was presented in a press conference held in Appiano Gentile, with the presence of Roberto Mancini.
The 22-year-old had to answer to some general questions in this press conference and he said all the things a fresh player must say when presented to his new supporters: "I really love Inter, I always desired to play here", "It's a great team, with great history" and so on.
The more interesting thing he said this morning was about his fitness level, which he described as very good and "game ready", because he has been training for 20 days and can't wait to be on the field playing football for his new team. He knows he will have to fight to have a starting role at Inter, because there are lots of good and more experienced players who play in his role (central or defensive midfielder), such as Hernanes, Guarin, Kuzmanovic, and Medel. He added also that he is sure he will have the opportunity to show his talent in order to justify the money spent on him by the club.
What does it mean that Inter have acquired such a young player for a role that is already packed? It is a future investment, surely. Maybe it is something more. Maybe Mancini and Thohir are planning to make some other moves before February 2 (deadline of the winter transfer market), or this June, and sell some of these players to make room for Brozovic and others. Thohir has been very clear on how he wants to build the future Inter, and one of the main features for him is to keep the roster filled with young talent, but also to include experienced players who can be role models for their inexperienced teammates. This move seems to demonstrate that idea perfectly.
Brozovic will join his compatriot Mateo Kovacic who is already very happy of Brozovic's arrival to the club and hopefully will help the new youngster not to become overwhelmed by the stresses and expectations of playing for such a big club.
He also announced he will wear the number 77, even though he would have preferred to have the number 11. Podolski has already claimed that number, of course, but that shouldn't be a problem since he already had the 77 when playing for his former club Dinamo Zagreb. We are hoping he will perform better than other Inter players who have worn number 77 like Okan, Coco, Quaresma and Muntari. None of whom are a shining examples of great investments made by Inter in the previous years.