Natan: “I am inspired by Thiago Silva”


New Napoli signing Natan revealed that Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva is an inspiration and that he can cover multiple positions, like his idol. The 22-year-old arrived in Naples last week in a reported €10 million deal, and was presented to the media today:

“I like the number 3, I used to play with it in Flamengo’s youth team. This number was Kim’s (Min-Jae), he is a great defender, congratulations to him. I was working hard in Brazil for big teams like Napoli to call me. Speed, covering, technique and grit are my characteristics. I am inspired by Thiago Silva.”

“Juan Jesus and Mario Rui help me a lot on and off the field. I like to play central defender, if needed I can also play fullback. The Italian league is a very strong and technical league. You play defensive football, so it is easy for a defender to choose to come and play here. My agent and my friends in Brazil helped me get to know this league.”

“I have not spoken much with Rudi Garcia because I still have to learn Italian well. I will definitely have the chance to talk to him more. He and the whole staff will help me a lot to grow, also in my strengths. Last year I didn’t score many goals with my head, but I worked hard on it and God willing I will score more headers this year. I really like the Napoli fans because they are very passionate. The team and staff are very calm, they have welcomed me very well. I am very excited to think about making my debut at the Maradona in the Napoli jersey.”


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