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The veteran Italian defender joined the Canadian side after being released by the Rossoneri, and is looking forward to a new challenge in his playing career.

Alessandro Nesta has revealed that a move to join Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer was the logical choice for him after leaving AC Milan following the end of his contract.

The veteran defender 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 teammate 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," he said. “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."

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