New AC Milan signing Bartosz Salamon has said he has often looked to club great Alessandro Nesta for inspiration.
The highly rated 21-year-old, who is nursing an ankle injury, made the switch from Brescia on the final day of the January transfer window and is hoping to be available for first-team selection soon.
The defender said Nesta helped inspire him as a player but pleaded not to be compared with the Italian legend.
“I’ve been inspired by Nesta, a player who I have always liked,” Salamon told Tuttosport.
“However, don’t say that I’m similar to him. I was a midfielder at the start of my career, but in the last two years I have improved defensively and that’s why I have become a defender.
“I don’t really have an idol. I used to look closely at midfielders, but now I watch defenders.”
Salamon said moving to Milan was a dream come true.
“I’m at the club of my dreams and I do not want to miss this opportunity,” he said.
“Three years ago I went to see Napoli-Milan and I immediately thought it would be great to play here. My dream is now present with this shirt.
“(Mino) Raiola, (my agent) told me that this is the chance of my life and I have to exploit it.
“On the evening of January 30, I thought I’d be staying at Brescia. The day after I got a call where I was told to head for Milan’s HQ to sign. It all happened very quickly. It was a beautiful day.”