x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Argentines hoping for a reunion

Andres D'Alessandro would love to see his countrymen Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito line up across the field from him at 9pm on December 18 in Abu Dhabi.

Andres D'Alessandro would love to see his countrymen Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito line up across the field from him at 9pm on December 18 in Abu Dhabi.

It would mean that his Internacional side were playing Inter Milan for the 2010 Fifa Club World Cup.

"We've spoken about this a lot, especially on a recent trip to Japan," D'Alessandro said of his fellow Argentines who play for Inter, "but we never let the conversations get too serious.

"We feel proud to have this opportunity but, in my mind, European teams are a cut above. Let's just wait and see how well we fare. We've got to play a semi-final match first and we can't think about [Inter] until that's over. Anyway, we're working hard to make sure that final match comes."

D'Alessandro, who was in Japan with Argentina, said a Club World Cup would be the most important trophy of his career. "At club level it's the biggest competition we can take part in."

D'Alessandro joined Internacional, the Brazilian side, three seasons ago after five years in Europe where he struggled for consistency at Wolfsburg, Portsmouth and Real Zaragoza. It appears that the former River Plate star, who was once touted as the next Diego Maradona, has managed to turn his career around since returning to South America; he is a crowd favourite in Brazil, not just Porto Alegre.

"I'm having a very good spell, but I'm not sure it's my best," he told www.fifa.com. "But it is good because I've won titles, which are any player's main objectives."

He was pleased to be called to the Argentina side for the first time in two years. He wants to play for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"There's no doubt that playing at a World Cup is the greatest dream of any professional footballer and I've never made it happen," he said. "I came close on two occasions but wasn't selected ... At the moment my focus is Internacional and the Club World Cup."