Alessandro Nesta says a move to Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact was a ‘logical choice’ after deciding to leave AC Milan.
Centre-back Nesta, 36, joined the Canadian side on a free transfer on Thursday, and explained he was eager to experience life in North America with his family.
“I met with Joey (Saputo, club president) and Nick (De Santis, general manager), we talked about football and I liked their ideas,” Nesta said at a press conference.
“Then they came to visit me in Florida and now here I am; MLS seemed like the most logical choice.
“I played in Europe for 20 years. I wanted something new and different for me and the family. I think Canada or the USA are the perfect places to raise children.
“I have a lot of enthusiasm and desire to put my experience to good use. Over the past two months I have seen six or seven games on TV; the standard is good.”
Nesta, a FIFA World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, said he spoke to former Milan team-mate David Beckham before moving to North America.
Beckham made a high-profile switch from Real Madrid to LA Galaxy in 2007, returning to Europe for two loan spells with Milan in 2009 and 2010.
“David told me that if you do not train seriously, you risk giving a bad first impression,” Nesta said.
“Seeing the games on TV, I knew he was right.
“I have spoken with the coach and told him I will need two or three weeks to get up to speed so that I don’t give a bad initial impression.”
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