Guidetti: ‘I supported Inter’

by | Feb 18, 2015 10:20

Celtic striker John Guidetti reveals he supported Inter as a child – but says Celtic Park can inspire his side to a win on Thursday.

Inter will take on the Hoops in Glasgow tomorrow, seeking to take a step toward the Europa League Last 16.

Guidetti’s 11 goals in 22 games have helped Ronny Deila’s side to the top of the Scottish Premiership, and the Swedish striker reveals he supported Inter as a child.

“They’re one of my favourite teams,” Guidetti told Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the match.

Celtic striker John Guidetti reveals he supported Inter as a child – but says Celtic Park can inspire his side to a win on Thursday.

Inter will take on the Hoops in Glasgow tomorrow, seeking to take a step toward the Europa League Last 16.

Guidetti’s 11 goals in 22 games have helped Ronny Deila’s side to the top of the Scottish Premiership, and the Swedish striker reveals he supported Inter as a child.

“They’re one of my favourite teams,” Guidetti told Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the match.

“When I was little I supported Inter, I had the shirt too. I’m Swedish, and Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was in Milan, I was at San Siro for him.

“Once I nearly even joined Inter, I was about 13, I was taken to Milan and trained there. I also played a bounce game against a former club legend, Beppe Baresi I think.”

The on-loan Manchester City striker also has high praise for the current Inter team, but believes the Celtic fans can help his side overcome the Nerazzurri.

“They’re a very strong team. [Xherdan] Shaqiri is great, I played against him in the Feyenoord-Basel match. Hernanes has great technique, and I know the same is true of [Gary] Medel.

“They fight from start to finish, but to come to us and win is not easy.

“Celtic Park will be sold out, 60,000 people. For me, if you take the fans away from football, there’s nothing left.

“Players come and go, but they spend their money to follow the team year after year, and demand only one thing: passion.”

Guidetti’s Manchester City contract expires at the end of the season, but the 22-year-old isn’t sure if he’ll remain at Celtic, revealing Inter aren’t the only side who’ve tried to bring him to Italy in his career.

“At the end of the season I’ll be a free agent, with no contract,” Guidetti explained.

“I’m a Celtic player now, it’s impossible to say where I’ll end up.

“Italy? I was close to Samp[doria], I trained with them at 15, in the Primavera once and in the first team once.

“It was the team with Montella and Cassano, I liked everything, then [Sven-Goran] Eriksson brought me to City.

“I have a lot to thank [Inter Coach Roberto] Mancini for, he gave me my debut in the first team, and advised me to go to Feyenoord.

“He was right, I had my best season in the Netherlands.

“I see that he’s spoken about me recently. He’s different class, just like he was as a player.”

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