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Chivu emotional about Romania return

Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu says he is looking forward to his side’s ‘special’ encounter against CFR Cluj in the Europa League.

Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu says he is looking forward to his side’s ‘special’ encounter against CFR Cluj in the Europa League.

The 32-year-old Romanian is one of his country’s most famous sportsmen, and he admits returning to play in his homeland will be an emotional occasion in the round-of-32 second leg on Thursday.

“It’s my first game against a Romanian side, so I am a little emotional. This is a special game for me,” Chivu told reporters.

Inter take a 2-0 lead into the game but Chivu is adamant his side will not take their opponents lightly.

“It is an important match and obviously our objective is to qualify, though we certainly won’t say that after winning the first leg 2-0 the tie is all over,” he said.

“Cluj are a good side, which was clear in the Champions League, so we are not underestimating them.”

There have been question marks over Chivu’s fitness, and he said he would have to wait until the last minute before a decision is made on whether he will play.

He said: “I am ready to play, but only after today’s training session will we know if I’m 100 percent fit.”

With the Milan derby looming on Sunday, Chivu spoke about the importance of both games, and which one he would rather win.

Chivu said: “Would I prefer to qualify for the next round of the Europa League or win the derby against Milan? I’d prefer both.”

Thu 21 February, 2013
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