Silvestre: It will be a dream to play alongside Walter Samuel at Inter

The Nerazzurri's new arrival from Palermo is eager to strike up a solid partnership with his more experienced countryman, but admitted it will be tough to replace Lucio
New Inter signing Matias Silvestre has confessed that it is his dream to play alongside veteran defender Walter Samuel.

The Argentine stopper recently completed his move to the Nerazzurri from Palermo, and is looking forward to forming a solid centre-half pairing with his countryman after missing out on the opportunity back at his boyhood club.

“I was 16 years old and had just been brought into the Boca Juniors first-team squad when he [Samuel] left,” the 27-year-old told La Gazzatta dello Sport.

“So I never got the chance to play with him, but it's always been my desire. Now I can fulfill a dream I had as a teenager.

“Inter are spoiled for choice for Argentine players. I played with Rodrigo Palacio for Boca and he is a dear friend. In recent weeks he sent me text messages begging me not to go to AC Milan,” the defender revealed.

Silvestre has been brought to the Giuseppe Meazza as a replacement for Lucio, who left Inter to join Juventus on a free, but he is wary that getting a place in Andrea Stramaccioni’s starting XI will be difficult.

“Lucio's career speaks for itself. I know that I will have to work hard to deserve a place in the team; this is my first goal,” he concluded.