MILAN - Smart, smiling, resolute. With Inter in his heart and his mind. Inter means everything to Steven Zhang and he makes no attempt to hide it. He displays his passion, his expertise and his vision. Listening to the youngest president in the history of our club, you clearly sense what he is about. And you sense a connection between the past and the future. A Nerazzurri thread runs from our club's foundation right through to the words, thoughts and desires of Zhang. We're all Brothers of the World, and none more so than our president.
'There are certain unique values which belong to our club that I am especially proud of. Today it's important to take a clear stance and we aim to focus on respect, brotherhood and being a positive community. The BUU campaign is a sign of where we stand. We celebrated our 111th birthday just yesterday and it's very important to uphold the reasons which led Inter's founding fathers to bring this wonderful team to life. Brothers of the World is not just an idea; it's a way of life.'
President Zhang doesn't hold back when he speaks, something both fans and players like about him.
'We're ambitious. We want to be successful to make the Inter fans even prouder and give them the joy they deserve. We want to be strong on and off the field, and for that we need strong organisation, discipline and vision.'
On the subject of vision, Steven Zhang adds: 'Since the beginning of this fascinating journey our intentions were made clear, to make Inter one of the most successful clubs in the world. Inter must aim to improve, to win, to entertain, to inspire and connect people through football. We want to hear the anthem and cheers arising at San Siro every season. We hope to see no empty seats in our stadium every match. We are eager to offer our fans the most enjoyable experience, the craziest passion you can ever get. It's not just about the football, though. There is a solid company, a team behind the team working to lay the foundations for a future of the highest level.'
Before leaving, we ask Zhang what it means to be an Interista. 'It's a woman or a man who honors our colors and is resolute in the face of adversity, who embraces our values and is proud of our 111-year history, of a club that has risen to the top of Italy, Europe and the world numerous times and wants to be the best again, together with all the other fans spread across the globe. It's a lifestyle that will lead you to do good things, to overcome challenges, to create communities that belong together even if they are miles apart, united by their passion for Inter.'
A perfect description from a real Interista, Steven Zhang. Our President. The President of FC Internazionale Milano.