Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, the Romanian defended himself from criticism, arguing that it was not the error that “cost” the Nerazzurri the title last season.
Whilst Radu’s howler in possession which gifted Bologna the winning goal in last April’s nightmare away trip to Emilia-Romagna for Inter was hardly the only decisive moment in the title race, it has become something of a symbol for the Nerazzurri slipping up and handing the title to AC Milan.
In truth, not only was the keeper’s mistake only one moment among many slip-ups in the season for Inter, but it also ultimately didn’t change the outcome of the title race in the sense that the Nerazzurri were dropping points in the match already.
“There’s been a lot of talk about that error, but I remain of the view that a Scudetto is never lost in just one mistake during a single match,” Radu said.
“There are 38 matches over which the accounts are taken,” he continued.
Of his loan spell with Cremonese being cut short after Marco Carnesecchi displaced him from the starting eleven, Radu said that “Carnesecchi has a great future and I wish him luck, I can’t be angry with him, but I need playing time at age 25.”
Of his relationship with the Nerazzurri, Radu said that “My heart will always remain with the Nerazzurri, whether I return or not.”
“I arrived there when I was fifteen and, from my experience at the Cormano boarding school onwards, Inter is where I became a man.”
“But love has to be reciprocated, and I don’t live in memories,” the 25-year-old added, “even though I maintain a very good relationship with everyone.”
“I often hear from Calhanoglu and Dumfries,” the Romanian noted.
Radu also spoke about the gesture of striker Lautaro Martinez, who gave his support to Denzel Dumfries after an assist that came in a match against Lecce where the Dutchman had hardly been receiving the support of the San Siro.
“It was a great gesture,” the keeper said.
“Denzel doesn’t deserve to be booed,” he continued.
“He always gives his heart and soul, and it’s great to see that the fans are back on his side.”