This has been an incredible month. Your arrival at Inter, your starting spot in the National team and many compliments from others. Hard time ahead?
I am happy. My career is going in the right direction and it means that I am doing well. But there were many risks when I was 18 years old making my first appearances in Serie A. At 22 years old, I have seen everything: injuries, the bench, the stand, losses. The rest is done by the environment that you grew up in. My parents have a lot to do with it. I have always spoken with honesty and been kept away from problems that would otherwise set me back a few steps.
But what about partying?
As a young man I was less demanding [of myself]. Now I like to go to the supermarkets. To be lost among the shelves. I love cooking, especially fish.
[Gazzetta interview; translation from here]