‘I open my bag and I see two left shoes!’ Denzel Dumfries laughs off an embarrassing incident on his first day as an Inter Milan player, as the Dutch fullback also explains his long-term career plan
- Denzel Dumfries has become a key player at Inter Milan since arriving in 2021
- Things got off to a bad start though, as he arrived at training with two left boots
- The Dutch fullback praised teammate Edin Dzeko for his ‘next level’ finishing
- Dumfries could be a key part of Louis Van Gaal’s Holland side at the World Cup
Denzel Dumfries has revealed a less-than-ideal start to his first training session with Inter Milan, as the Dutch fullback arrived to find he had brought two left boots.
The 26-year-old appears to have recovered from the shaky start, and has hardly missed a game since joining Inter in 2021.
He has also become a regular presence in Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side, and could play a key role at the upcoming Qatar World Cup.
Denzel Dumfries has revealed he turned up to his first Inter training session with two left boots
Speaking on the Cor Potcast, Dumfries opened up about his embarrassing start to life in Milan. He said: ‘The first training in Milan was a drama. I’m going to the club from the hotel, and you know me, I’m a real professional.
‘So I come to the club and open my bag and I see two left shoes. I swear, two left shoes really. I think: “Oh my god, this cannot be real.”‘
After the initial shock, the right back settled in to life at the San Siro and was hugely impressed by his teammates, as he explained: ‘Regardless of his age, Edin Dzeko’s finishing is on a different level. How he can put the balls in the corner is really not normal.
‘Alexis Sanchez it was absurd to watch him spin, he was really the best in training.’
The Dutch fullback has since recovered to become one of the leading fullbacks in Serie A
Dumfries also praised Arturo Vidal for his hard tackling and his way of simply ‘being Vidal.’
The Dutchman’s rise from mid-table Eredivisie sides to the top of Serie A has been swift, and he has now revealed that it was all part of a plan.
‘I wrote down everything I wanted to achieve and also how I wanted to achieve it. I wrote it on my wall,’ he said.
‘2021-2022 season: this club, 2022-2023 season: this club and the Dutch national team, 2023-2024 season: this club.
He was full of praise for 36-year-old striker Edin Dzeko’s ‘different level’ finishing
‘This was still in my period at BVV Barendrecht. After Barendrecht I planned to play at Sparta for one year, and then to go to Feyenoord because it was nearby.’
It was the only part of Dumfries’ plan that didn’t quite come to fruition, as he ended up spending three seasons at Sparta before moving on to Heerenveen, PSV, and eventually Inter.
Despite being one of the leading fullbacks in Serie A, he still frets about not fulfilling part of his early plan.
‘I’m still angry about the fact that I didn’t go to a top club after a year in Sparta,’ he said. ‘I needed a little longer.’
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