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Schira- Inter, Natalino “I’ll be a scout. I have faith in Thohir”

Felice Natalino was one of the promising starlets raised by the Inter youth sector, during the same years of Destro, Caldirola, Santon. Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio had bought him very young, beating off competition from Genoa and Benitez gave him trust in the first team. Since his first appearances with Inter’s jersey it appeared like he was destined for this sport but unfortunately some heart troubles have forced him to retire forever from football.  Italian journalist Nicolò Schira interviewed him for

“I am studying law in College currently and I often go to the stadium to watch some games. I keep myself informed and I am taking part in a scouting course held by ROI Italy. I hope to succeed in this job. I would like to be a trainer, but I have to be 25 for the license (he is 21 ). So for now I am trying as a scout, I have been learning many interesting things. It is an educational and formative experience that is leading me to this profession. I hope it works well. “

“Playing for Inter was amazing. I played with every youth team and then being called up for the first team was an important step. Then, playing for the first time was really a dream come true. That Inter was special, we won the Club World Cup even though I didn’t participate in that competition. However I have to thank Benitez because he let me play several matches in Serie A and the Champions League also. He always encouraged me, he is very careful to his players. He also does not judge you for your age. If you are strong, you play.”

“Working for Inter as a scout would be a honour for me. I talked with the club, let’s wait for the next months and see what happens. Ausilio is incredibly clever. It would be extraordinary to work close to him. He is a role model to me: he started from the lowest and he became one of the most important directors in Italy thanks to his achievements. I am studying to be ready for this. You cannot improvise in this career, you have to be prepared on a cultural and sporting level. I have always been used to training and studying for school; right now I am not struggling to attend university and scouting course. I have the passion for this.”

“I still keep in contact with Zanetti and Cambiasso; I am also a very close friends with Santon, we grew up together. We were a strong team, Destro, Caldirola, Biraghi; they’re all showing their potential. I wish them good luck and to achieve the best, I am their first supporter. Crisetig is also playing very well in Crotone, I hope he will join Inter next year. Unfortunately in Italy there is not enough patience for the young, we should wait more when judging them. We need to invest in young players without basing our evaluations only on the results.”

“Inter have gone through a transitional period, with those changes in the club’s board; it wasn’t easy but the team have overcome it and are playing well. I have faith in the new president Thohir: he impressed me positively for what I have seen and heard. Then there is still Ausilio: he is a security. We just need to give them the time to work and I am sure they will build a great Inter.”



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