Ghana international and Sassuolo midfielder Alfred Duncan has admitted that being rejected by Inter Milan motivated him to be the player that he currently is.
Duncan kickstarted his career at the Angelo Moratti Sports Centre and was part of the team that ended up winning the NextGen Series tournament which is now the UEFA Youth League back in 2012.
However, the 26-year-old midfield maestro was never awarded the opportunity to play for the first team at San Siro.
Duncan made three appearances during the 2012/13 season where he was to be shipped out on loan to Sere B side Livorno in January 2013 in order to garner senior experience.
''I never felt hurt because I became a motivation for me because sometimes you don’t get the chance to do what you desire because, with football, it’s about choices.
"Every coach and every club has its own choices and they also try to build up a team in a different way,'' he told Joy Sports.
''Most of the team wouldn’t like to play with the younger sides they have developed from the youth side. They prefer going out to buy complete players already who have that experience.
''So for me I had this misfortune to land on a team where they had all the resources to buy any player they desired. So they couldn’t wait for me to develop so they had to give me out on loan.
''I stayed with Inter- six months in the first team and then I got loaned to Livorno. In Serie B that was my first experience.''
''I went there [Livorno] with anger because I felt I got to a point in my career after the youth side I had something to give but I wasn’t given the chance to do so and I was able to demonstrate to everyone that I was ready and I could do something.''
Duncan scored four goals from 26 Serie A appearances last season to inspire Sassuolo to finish 11th on the log.
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