Alessandro Nesta has revealed that a move to join Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer (MLS) was the logical choice for him after leaving AC Milan following the end of his contract.
The veteran centre-half joined the Canadian club on a free transfer, and explained that he was eager to experience life in North America with his family.
“I met with Joey [Saputo, club president] and Nick [De Santis, general manager], we talked about football and I liked their ideas,” Nesta said at a press conference.
“Then they came to visit me in Florida and now here I am; MLS seemed like the most logical choice.
“I played in Europe for 20 years. I wanted something new and different for me and the family. I think Canada or the USA are the perfect places to raise children.
“I have a lot of enthusiasm and desire to put my experience to good use. Over the past two months I have seen six or seven games on TV; the standard is good,” he continued.
The 36-year-old defender went on to admit that he spoke to former Rossoneri team-mate David Beckham before moving to North America.
“David told me that if you do not train seriously, you risk giving a bad first impression. Seeing the games on TV, I knew he was right.
“I have spoken with the coach and told him I will need two or three weeks to get up to speed so that I don't give a bad initial impression,” he concluded.