MILAN – F.C. Internazionale announces that Samuele Longo has completed his loan transfer to Spanish outfit Espanyol.
Longo was a key member of the Nerazzurri Primavera team that won the NextGen Series and U-19 league last season. Now, having spent the summer training with the senior squad and making two first-team appearances, the 20-year-old is set to gain more useful experience playing in La Liga.
Best of luck, Samuele!
APPIANO GENTILE – Obafemi Martins was given a warm welcome when he dropped in to the training ground to pay the Nerazzurri a visit this morning. “Oba”, who spent four years at Inter between 2002 and 2006, hitting 49 goals in 134 appearances, watched the lads’ training session and greeted his former team-mates.
MILAN – Inter’s UEFA Europa League play-off return-leg clash with Vaslui is to be televised live in Italy on Mediaset Premium and Sky Sport, with Inter Channel showing a delayed broadcast at 00:30. Inter Channel will also be showing live post-match coverage, with interviews and analysis, from 23:00. The match between Inter and Vaslui kicks off at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza this Thursday, 30 August, at 20:45 CET.
APPIANO GENTILE – He’s already introduced himself on the pitch, against Pescara. And the first impression was excellent. Today Walter Gargano introduced himself in his own words, in the press room at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti. To begin with he was asked to explain the difference between Napoli, where the spent “five wonderful years”, and Inter: “Inter are more experienced.” On joining the Nerazzurri: “It was the right time to come here, this is a dream move for me: I’ve supported Inter ever since I was a boy and I immediately felt at home here. My team-mates have made me feel very welcome ? it’s as if I’ve been here for years. How did I start supporting Inter? It started when I was a young boy, playing on the Playstation ? I always used to choose Inter. And now I hope to play here for a long time.”
The midfielder continued by talking about the relationship between Inter and his homeland: “Inter are one of the most popular teams in Uruguay. I’m immensely proud to be wearing this shirt and it’s a big thing for me to be able to represent Uruguay in Italian football. Recoba? We spent a bit of time together on holiday in Miami. He was always one of my idols. Him and Ruben Sosa.”
Gargano was then asked for his opinion on why another Uruguayan, Diego Forlan, wasn’t such a huge success at Inter. “I’m not Diego. All I know is that he wasn’t able to express what he’s capable of. He was a bit unlucky too.”
Since his arrival in Appiano, Gargano has been joined by another Uruguayan, Alvaro Pereira: “Pereira is a great player. He’ll need a bit of time to get used to Italian football but he’s a great player.”
What about targets for the season? “We want to win all the competitions we’re involved in.” Juventus and the Scudetto race? “We mustn’t think about Juventus, just ourselves. What I can say is that with the players we have at Inter, we’re just as strong as Juve, if not stronger.”
MILAN ? Here are the scheduled press activities for Wednesday 29 August 2012, the day before the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg between Inter and Vaslui at the Stadio Meazza (20:45, Thursday 30 August).
– 16:30, Inter press conference, Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile (media representatives may enter from 16:15)
– 17:30, Inter training, Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile (open to the media for 15 minutes)
– 19:30, Vaslui press conference, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
– 20:00, Vaslui training, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (open to the media for 15 minutes)