MILAN – FC Internazionale announce that Gary Medel has been signed from Cardiff City FC. The Chilean midfielder has signed with the Nerazzurri on a four-year contract. Already with the first team, Medel has worked out several times at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile, and is now at the service of coach Walter Mazzarri. Here is some additional information on the new Inter signing.
You’ve all heard and read the “Pitbull” nickname by now – especially if you watched the World Cup this summer. But it would be a mistake to assume that Gary Medel’s game is all muscle. Because the Nerazzurri’s new midfielder has much more than fighting spirit. He also boasts an impressive stat: a 90% pass completion rate over a 19-metre radius.
Then when you throw in his adaptability, his reading of the game, his ability to make forward runs and cover back to defend on dead balls, you have the picture of a complete midfielder. And one who goes beyond the label of a “pitbull”.
Let’s examine some of his matches from Brazil. Against Australia Medel was one of the most impressive players on the pitch, completing 97% of his passes. Against Spain we saw him log two tackles and intercept three passes without committing a single foul. Furthermore, he completed an impressive 84% of his passes. Not bad against the masters of tiki-taka.
“Gary is in top form right now as he arrives in Italy. He’s an idol in Chile. You’ll fall in love with him, and you’ll see even more fans cheering for Inter in Chile,” stated Ivan Zamorano. It’s hard to disagree with him.
Medel began playing in the streets in his hometown of Pudahuel. Not content with challenging kids of his own age, Gary preferred games against 14 year olds, when he was still only eight. “They would try everything they could to knock me to the ground. But I would dribble right past them and always stayed on my feet.”
With his feet on the ground and proud. And now a Nerazzurri player.