"This is all new to me": Sommer explains his Inter move


In January, the big chapter of Borussia Mönchengladbach ended for Yann Sommer. After almost ten years with the foals, his decision was made in mid-January due to Manuel Neuer’s ski accident and the strong interest of the German record champions in FC Bayern.

Sommer wasn’t completely convincing in Munich. In 25 competitive games, the Swiss national player, whose long-term goal is to take part in the European Championship in Germany in 2024, only twice received a better kicker grade than 3. He made his best appearances in Freiburg (1-0) and in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 at Paris St. Germain (1: 0) – each grade 2.5.

This Monday, the move to Inter Milan, which has been increasingly likely for days, became official – garnished with parting words from FCB. “Yann Sommer helped us out of a complicated situation when Manuel Neuer was seriously injured and we want to thank him for his commitment,” CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen was quoted as saying.

Summer and “the new strikers”

Sommer himself, who received a contract in Milan until June 30, 2026 and whose exit clause of six million euros will be paid in two installments, finally explained to “Inter TV” his motives behind his chosen adventure in Italy.

“There are many reasons for me to have come here,” says Sommer. “It’s a big club in Italy and in the world, with a lot of tradition – and it’s a new challenge for me in my career.” Especially because the 34-year-old veteran with the experience of 291 Bundesliga games for Gladbach and Bayern, 71 appearances in the 1st Swiss League for FC Basel or 38 Champions League appearances so far only in his home country and Germany was active.

However, Sommer does not have excessively high expectations of the new environment and the upcoming tasks: “It’s all new for me. I’m looking forward to the new challenges against the new opponents, the new strikers and hope to be successful for Inter.”

It is also clear that the 83-time Swiss national player will be thrown straight into the deep end. Because after the expiring contract of the long-standing number 1 Samir Handanovic (39) and the profitable farewell to the youngest top regular André Onana (27, for 55 million euros to Manchester United), Inter Milan urgently needed a new goalkeeper anchor. This is supposed to be summer in the next few weeks, months and years.

Print? Summer likes that

How does the Nerazzurri newcomer want to live up to the certainly high expectations in the camp of the 2021/22 champion and this year’s Champions League finalists on the part of the Interisti? “I’m a really explosive goalkeeper, so I try to be brave, to help the team and to be an option for them with my feet,” Sommer said, referring to his ability as a kind of backup player. “I’m trying to give the team a lot of confidence, to be calm as a goalkeeper and to be consistent.” What helps him from his point of view: “Simone Inzaghi (Lombard coach since 2021; Note d. editor) likes to play from behind, that’s my goalkeeping style too. I like being an option for the team and playing under pressure, I like that.”


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