Jovetic buoyed by Inter debut

The striker hadn’t played since June prior to Sunday’s outing and was satisfied with his performance for his new club

Stevan Jovetic admitted he was delighted to play football again after making his Inter debut in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray.

The striker – who joined the club from Manchester City on an 18-month loan deal on Friday – came off the bench in the 63rd minute to make his first outing since June.

The Montenegro international was unable to prevent Inter from losing to the Turkish side, but was happy just to get some minutes under his belt.

“I felt good. I hadn’t played for a while, the last time was with the national team, then just training sessions with Manchester City,” Jovetic told Inter Channel.

“I’m pleased, given it was my first game, I feel good physically. Obviously there’s still work to do so I can link up well with my team-mates.

“There are three weeks to go until our first competitive game and we’ll need to be at 100%. I’m sure we have a good squad, let’s hope we have a good start to the season.”

Brazilian defender Miranda also made his debut for the Serie A outfit, having arrived from Atletico Madrid in July, and partnered Jeison Murillo in defence for the full 90 minutes in Istanbul.

“We have a lot quality and we’re working to gradually build a great team,” Miranda said. “I’m delighted to represent a big club like Inter.

“It gives me great pride and I will always give my all for this team, with hard work and dedication.”

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