Daichi Kamada underlined his ambitions to become one of the best midfielders in Europe and spoke about his move to Lazio.
The 27-year-old Japanese midfielder left Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer at the start of July and initially seemed set to join Milan, before the Rossoneri decided to fill up their two non-EU slots with other players.
Lazio eventually picked up Kamada, with help from sponsor Mizuno, handing him a four-year contract. The midfielder has already made a strong impression and scored a decisive goal in the 2-1 win over Napoli.
Speaking to Sports Graphic NumberWeb (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Kamada first discussed his ambitions to grow into one of the best in his position.
To play as a mezzala you need the best technical characteristics and I want to become one of the best at European level.
Playing at a top club like Lazio, which competes both in Italy and in the Champions League, will help me grow a lot.
He spoke about his acclimatisation to live with Lazio. He was tasked with replacing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who was sold to Al-Hilal for around €42 million.
I’m not an extrovert either in words or gestures to make myself known. I’m in a new environment, I have to prove myself more with facts.
Finally, Kamada commented on his desire to grow into a decisive player for the Japan national team.
At the World Cup in Qatar, I was the only starter, among the offensive players, not to score and not to provide an assist.
I failed to make a positive mark, I was left with regret, so now I take responsibility to give more for the country and I hope that what I do in the coming years will be useful for Japan.