New Inter Milan signing Matias Silvestre says it is his dream to play alongside veteran defender Walter Samuel.
The 27-year-old Argentine centre-back completed a loan move to Inter from Palermo on Friday, and is looking forward to forming a partnership with his countryman after missing out on the opportunity back at his boyhood club.
“I was 16 years old and had just been brought into the Boca Juniors first-team squad when he (Samuel) left,” Silvestre told La Gazzatta dello Sport.
“So I never got the chance to play with him, but it’s always been my desire. Now I can fulfil a dream I had as a teenager.
“Inter are spoiled for choice for Argentine players. I played with Rodrigo Palacio for Boca and he is a dear friend. In recent weeks he sent me text messages begging me not to go to AC Milan.”
Silvestre has been brought to club as a replacement for Brazilian Lucio, who left Inter to join Juventus on a free transfer.
And the new arrival knows it will be difficult to earn a place in Andrea Stramaccioni’s starting 11.
“Lucio’s career speaks for itself. I know that I will have to work hard to deserve a place in the team; this is my first goal,” he said.