October 6, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone international, Rodney Strasser says the urge to play regular football persuaded him to join second-tier LigaPro club Gil Vicente on a season long loan from Genoa.
The former AC Milan midfielder moved to Portugal on transfer deadline day when the club came knocking and the 26-year-old believes the move can help him regain his form and become the player he was.
In an interview with Portugal based website Mais Futebol, the midfielder said: “I want to compete regularly in order to return to a higher level. I came here to be able to play more and finally regain the form and return to be the player I was. I want to put my experience at the service of the team, which is above all.”
Last season, the former FC Kallon and AC Milan youngster had his first club experience outside the Italian game as he was sent on loan to Croatian First Division League side NK Zagreb, where he played over 12 matches.
“The Croatia move was a good experience. For the first time, I left Italy and I liked the people and the country, the club was very professional. I returned to play 90 minutes and recover my strength and speed. However, the championship was not so strong and the football was different, not as tactical, but technically quite good. And now here I am in Portugal and Gil Vicente to play regularly and help the team make heads good time,” said Strasser, who has already played in all five of the Gilistas match this season.
The midfielder also opened up on why he failed to impose himself as a regular player at AC Milan, then coached by Massimiliano Allegri
He said: “I had the opportunity and tried to grab it. I played, I scored, and I even went back to play after loan spell but Milan had great players in midfield then, the like of Van Bommel, Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini.
It was not easy for a young man like me then to prevail against those legends especially at that time, when those who played were the most experienced players. I think now in Italian football are giving more opportunities to young people.”