Inter Striker Dzeko “Didn’t Expect to Leave Roma” After Mourinho Arrival

Bosnian veteran marksman Edin Dzeko has flawlessly fit like a glove in Simone Inzaghi’s system of play at Inter. He moved from Roma at the start for the season as a direct replacement for now-Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku and has since maintained his reputation as one of Serie A’s best forwards.

In an exclusive interview with UK news outlet Daily Mail, the 35-year-old ex-Manchester City striker discussed his exit from Roma and expects ‘favorites’ Liverpool to pose a great threat to the Nerazzurri’s Champions League hopes.

On his departure from the Stadio Olimpico after Jose Mourinho’s arrival:

He said: “This summer was the first in which I said to myself ‘I will not go away’. The year before there had been something with Juve, and two years ago it was almost done with Inter. This summer I didn’t expect to leave Rome after Mourinho’s arrival. I talked to him when he arrived, knowing that I had a one-year contract and I told him I was ready to give my all, but also asking him if I could evaluate any proposals as they expired the following year. In the following days, Roma took Abraham and Inter came forward.”

He then went on to evaluate Inter’s chances in Europe this season – the club’s first appearance in the Round of 16 stage of the competition in a decade since they were last knocked out by Marseille in 2011/12.

He commented:Liverpool are favorites and we know it. They can definitely hurt anyone. But it is the Champions League, the best in the world. We are a great team, not the typical Italian team that always defends.”

Dzeko spent six seasons in the Giallorossi colours with now Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and shotstopper Alisson.

“Before the game I will talk to Salah and Alisson, but I don’t forget James Milner, to whom I owe my first goal for City. On Salah I say that in my small way I helped him to become what he is now. We had great moments in Rome: I went in depth and opened up the spaces for him to speed him up, he is a boy who deserves the goals he has achieved. And the same goes for Alisson. We spent two and a half years together and we reached the (2017/18) Champions League semi-final before Liverpool defeated us,” he explained

Finally, he shed light on questions surrounding his retirement.

“Here I work like never before. Before and after training , I do a very important job to prevent injuries. I talked a lot with some former teammates who retired early. After six months they repented. There is only one career and this is my biggest motivation, I want to continue playing for a long time,” said Dzeko.

Dzeko has scored 14 goals and provided 7 assists in 32 appearances for the Nerazzurri in his first season at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.