APPIANO GENTILE - Marco Benassi is in no doubt about the best moment of his career so far: "My league debut against Pescara, when my team-mates came over to me at the end. What an unforgettable experience! I phoned my parents in the morning, straight after the coach told me I was going to play, but I asked them not to tell anyone. I was so happy. The San Siro is the best stadium in there is!"
The 18-year-old from Modena - who doesn't have a driving licence yet ("I'm taking my test in a few days, here's hoping...") - was all smiles as he spoke to Roberto Scarpini, host of Prima Serata, tonight at 21:00 on Inter Channel.
"It's a great honour to wear the Inter shirt but I need to keep my feet on the ground: this is only the start, I've still got a long way to go. I need to progress, improve and work really hard. My team-mates help me a lot, they tell me what I'm doing wrong, and I'm glad they do. When you play with older, more experienced players you need to find a way to compete at the same level. I always try to give my all and improve. But, as I've said, I've got to work very hard to maintain it. I'm still delighted when I go and play in the Primavera. Who else do I think from the Primavera is ready for the first team? Pasa and Garritano, they're both really good." Benassi took a moment to back his close friend, and indeed flatmate, Simone Pasa. And Benassi will join Garritano and Pasa in the Under 19 squad, after the three were called up by coach Alberigo Evani for the friendly in Bari on 6 February: "The national team is everyone's dream. I'm delighted whenever I get called up."
All this and a lot more besides from 21:00 on Inter Channel. Watch it all at 21:00 or read the interview here on inter.it.