Arsenal transfer miss reveals Frank Lampard as his idol, loves Premier League

Inter Milan

Officially presented to the media as an Inter player, Marcelo Brozovic spoke of his reverence for English football.

Marcelo Brozovic has said he models himself on Frank Lampard as he begins his Inter adventure, choosing Serie A despite holding the Premier League in high esteem.

The Croatian officially joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb on Monday in a two-year loan deal with a forced option to buy in 2017.

Inter’s announcement of his capture put to rest months of speculation as to who would win the sweepstakes for the talented midfielder’s services.

Arsenal were thought to be in pole position to land the 22-year-old after the Daily Mail claimed that Arsene Wenger’s side had tabled a bid earlier this month.

The Gunners, however, reportedly had their advances rebuffed by Dinamo Zagreb and the Brozovic camp, even as agent Miroslav Bicanic talked up a potential Premier League move on AreaNapoli.it.

In response, Inter seemingly seized the initiative and convinced the Croatian to make the switch to San Siro. Brozovic cited Roberto Mancini and the club’s history as reasons for his choice.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been left to pursue other targets after seeing Brozovic slip the net and land in the peninsula, joining compatriot Mateo Kovacic in northern Italy.

The 22-year-old was presented to the media by Inter in club capacity for the first time on Thursday, and did spare a few words for the English game.

Brozovic spoke of his reasons for moving to the Italian top flight at the expense of the Premier League, and named a Manchester City man as his model for success.

He said: “I love English football, but the Italian league is very fast and technical. I prefer it.

“I’m a midfielder, I can play defensive midfield or box-to-box depending on the formation. I really like Frank Lampard and I hope to be like him.

“I’ve always wanted to play here. It’s a great team with great history. I’ve never experienced such passionate fans, it’s really something special.

“I’m happy to be here and I hope I can justify the club’s investment in me. I’m very young and I hope to improve and become a complete player in a few years.”

Inter will need Brozovic to hit the ground running with the side currently sitting in a disappointing 10th place in the table with 18 matches to go.

The Nerazzurri find themselves 12 points off the pace in the race for third place, the club hierarchy earmarking Champions League qualification as the goal for this season.

Brozovic will need to have a mighty impact for such a young player to induce the turnaround necessary, though more important for Inter is certainly his long-term development.

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