Eder: I’m glad that I stayed

Brazilian striker Eder admits it was flattering to be linked with Inter in the off-season, but insists he is glad he decided to stay at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

The 28-year-old, who is currently Serie A's top scorer with six goals, spoke of the Nerazzurri's interest ahead of Sunday's clash between the two sides in Genoa.

"First of all there's a fundamental fact: I'm glad that I stayed," Eder told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I'm honoured by Inter's interest, as they are a team that I greatly admire, but I told the President I was willing to stay. I'm feeling really happy at Sampdoria and in the city of Genoa.

"There have been some complicated moments, no doubt. I remember Monday in the training camp with La Nazionale, when the phone kept ringing and there were continuous rumours, seldom truthful.

"Everybody wanted to know what was going on. But I was relaxed, I knew what I wanted."

Commenting on his impressive goal-scoring form this season, Eder added: "I think it's the result of my personal development.

"When I joined the Blucerchiati I was 24, I couldn't be the same person that I am now.

"Soon I'm going to be 29, and I'm conscious of how important it is to train, live as an athlete and prepare games with care. Besides, time teaches you how to forget about the past and focus on the present.

"I found a new drive, because if I hadn't been doing well then they'd have told me that I was unhappy and that I wanted to leave.

"I don't feel very different to last year. The difference is made by the goals. Last year it took me 10 games to score a goal, now I scored six in six games. It's a very positive moment and I'm enjoying it."