BURDISSO BACK ON MONDAY

BUENOS AIRES - (ANSA) - After a six-month absence due to family problems Argentina and Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso will be back with his team-mates next Monday. His last match for the Nerazzurri was the 3-0 Coppa Italia victory over Atalanta last 17 February.

The defender, who has been included in Mancini's Champions League player list, wished to thank Inter immediately: "I was never worried that they would cancel my contract. There's great sensitivity at Inter. At the Pinetina (Inter's training ground) there's more warmth, a family atmosphere, with its pros and cons."

"For me it was wonderful. The coach was fond of me and the president told me calmly to do what I felt I should do. Because of his humility and sensitivity, it's as if a Boca warehouseman were a club president. They offered me everything to have the treatment there and he told me to take all the time necessary."

"In return I promised to be back on the pitch as soon as possible to give security to the Nerazzurri defence. Inter is such a big and powerful club that it could easily have bought other defenders, but instead just Samuel has arrived and Mancini has also included me on his Champions League list. Let's hope we win it now."

With an intense season ahead with Inter and the World Cup at the end, Burdisso's football life begins again. "I feel that I still have the faith of coach Pekerman, even if I haven't been able to reply to call-ups since March. But I have never felt like an ex-player. When I was out I always told myself I am 24, I have been world champions four times and three times in South America, and I still want to aim high." He will have the chance again now with Argentina and Inter.


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