A day to remember for the young striker on his debut in Serie A: "I followed my team-mates' advice on the pitch to stay calm and play simple football"

MILAN – It was a memorable afternoon for the promising young talent Andrea Pinamonti, who came on for the last ten minutes against Empoli and, in doing so, made his debut in Serie A.

"I've got Inter in my blood," he said after the game. "I'm hugely proud to have played even just a few minutes.

"I wasn't thinking about anything before coming on; I almost couldn't believe this was happening to me. I followed my team-mates advice on the pitch to stay calm and play simple two-touch football. This is how you make your early steps in senior football.

"I get told off when I make mistakes, but I need to learn from my team-mates who are all top players.

"Thank you to the gaffer, Mr Pioli, and the whole club for my debut," the Nerazzurri striker added in the mixed zone. "It was the perfect day: the Primavera won and so did we. I'm giving it everything in training every day and I'm trying to improve.

"My role model is [Mauro] Icardi. I'm always watching him in training and his movement and contributions always amaze me."

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