Hans Nicolussi Caviglia and Simon Sohm were presented at a press conference at the Tardini as new signings of Parma Calcio. These are their statements:
HANS NICOLUSSI CAVIGLIA
“There is a difference between Serie B and Serie A, Parma is a club with an excellent level of training and there’s a lot of competition. I expect I’ll earn the trust of my teammates more and more and alongside the Coach I’ll do my best during daily training to earn the space to express myself. I believe a lot in both group and individual effort”.
“I knew when the chance came to sign for Parma it was a project I believed in. Parma is one of the teams that demonstrates with evidence it’s faith in young players, which is something that doesn’t always happen in Italy, but more so abroad. Parma has demonstrated this not only in the transfer window but also in the league”.
“I am glad that Bazzani, who was my assistant coach last year, had nice things to say about me. I think the characteristics that he has gifted me are fundamental ones for a modern player, especially having the knowledge of what happens and understanding your duties. You must always continue with humility even when negative things happen: the positive ones then come, always with hard work“.
“Crujiff has always been my point of reference, I have always admired him for not only what he did as both a player and coach, but also as a thinker: modern football draws a lot from what he has brought with his innovation. I got to know him over time, my sister lives in Amsterdam, she’s a dancer there. By visiting her I became more and more passionate and I took him as a point of reference”.
“I’ve always played the role of a mezzala, but as already seen in the Coppa Italia I can also play more advanced as a trequartista. I’m a dynamic midfielder, I like to create a lot in offensive phase“.
“For me, this experience represents the next step in my career, I believe that I am in an excellent club, with great teammates. I think that I am a midfielder through and through, because I can play in defense and attack. I think that I’m a player who can bring stability to the team.”
“In actual fact, I don’t have a preferred position, I can play either as a number 6 or as a left sided winger, I will do whatever the Club needs and what is best for the team.”
“The Italian league is difficult, I am prepared for it: coming from Switzerland, this transfer is the next step in my career. In each game I see the level I’m aiming to reach, and I work day after day to achieve this in the future.”
“As a small boy, I always looked up to Yaya Tourè, he was my idol, a strong, box-to-box player; I would like to be like him. My first impressions here at Parma? They are good, immediately the Club helped me to settle in and I already feel at home. I am learning the language and so far, everything is going well. I have spoken with the Coach a few times and we have the same ambitions. It’s normal at the beginning that it takes time to settle in. The teammate who made the biggest impression? We have talented players, but I would say Gervinho, because of his experience and also because he’s played in England. I would also say that Hernani is up there too.”
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