Frattesi: “I chose Inter a year and a half ago, after beating them with Sassuolo”

Despite interest from boyhood club AS Roma, as well as AC Milan, Juventus and Manchester United, Davide Frattesi opted to swap Sassuolo for Inter and explained his decision to join the Nerazzurri.

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Fresh from agreeing a transfer from Sassuolo, new Inter midfielder Davide Frattesi has revealed that he was set on the move to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for over a year. The Italy international was at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war this summer amidst interest from Serie A rivals Inter, AS Roma, AC Milan, and Juventus, as well Manchester United in the Premier League, but it was the Nerazzurri who ultimately secured him.

Frattesi completed a €27 million deal that also included striker Samuele Mulattieri moving in the opposite direction to Sassuolo, and joined up with Inter in early July after two seasons in the Neroverdi first team.

Frattesi motivations revealed

In an interview with DAZN, and as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Frattesi pinpointed the moment in which he decided he would opt for Inter upon finally leaving Sassuolo.

It came as the Neroverdi shocked the reigning champions with a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in February 2022, in a defeat that would prove costly to Inter‘s title hopes.

“I actually chose Inter a year-and-a-half before (scoring in a 4-2 defeat to the Nerazzurri in May), when we won 2-0 at the San Siro,” Frattesi revealed.

“I was impressed by the stadium and the fans, once I knew that the interest was concrete I had practically already chosen them.”

Inzaghi’s impact on Frattesi transfer

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi takes charge of training. [@Inter_en]

The Rome-born midfielder also explained how Inter coach Simone Inzaghi had played his part in convincing him to move to the Biscione, and the welcome he had received from his new teammates.

“I had met him in Sardinia before the transfer had been finalised, he was in the negotiations but I had told him again that if there was an opportunity then I wanted to come here,” Frattesi continued.

“We are both happy that I’m here. He helped me, I understood how much Inter wanted to sign me.

Alessandro Bastoni was the first to welcome me, then Nicolo Barella and Matteo Darmian. We had already talked about it with the national team and we knew it was happening. They all told me it would be good and I can confirm they were right.”

Frattesi-Barella link up

Davide Frattesi celebrates. (Photo: US Sassuolo)

Much has been made of Frattesi‘s partnership with Barella in the centre of midfield for the Italian national team, and the new signing was keen to transfer this to club level.

“We live in the same neighbourhood and we also have the same character, so I think we’ll get on well. Nicolo is the best midfielder in Italy and I hope he continues like this in order to give us a big hand.

“I’m tired but I feel good. I arrive with a lot of enthusiasm, everything is well. You work a lot, the harder you work in training camp, the better you get during the season.

“I don’t want to say what my ambitions for the season are, only at the end.”

Sassuolo send-off

Frattesi was keen to thank Sassuolo and coach Alessio Dionisi for his development at the club and for helping him complete his move to Inter.

Davide Frattesi in training (Credit: U.S. Sassuolo)

“He told me: “Finally you made it”. Joking aside, I thanked him and all the staff. They were fundamental, in my first year at Sassuolo I wanted to go to Spezia on loan, they told me to stay and it went well, and they are due a lot of credit.

“They helped me in difficult moments where perhaps another coach would not have.”

Frattesi’s Inter contract

Frattesi has signed a five-year contract with Inter, having joined the club after a successful period with Sassuolo.

Frattesi played 75 games with Sassuolo in his two seasons there, scoring 11 goals from midfield. The Neroverdi issued a touching tribute to the outgoing midfielder, wishing him well and heaping praise on his character, beyond his on-field ability.

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