Jonathan waiting for Brazil or Italy call
Inter Milan full-back Jonathan has sent out a message to the Italian and Brazilian football federations, saying he has yet to make up his mind which country to represent.
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Born in Brazil, the 28-year-old also holds an Italian passport and since he has yet to feature in an official match at international level, he can still choose between the two nations.
His recent form for the Nerazzurri has catapulted him into the frame for being selected by both countries, and he is now awaiting the first call.
"I'll play for whoever calls me first," the full-back, who has put a difficult start to life in Serie A behind him and is now a regular in Walter Mazzarri's side, told his club's official website.
"It was really tough for me last year and I thought about moving on. I was low on confidence. But my mum, my wife and my brother were really important in helping me get over what was a low spell for me. Then Mazzarri came in and filled me with confidence and the fans got behind me.
"That's how I started playing better and doing the things I'm capable of. I have lots of ambitions at Inter. I want to win things, I dream of winning the Scudetto and even the Champions League, and I'd love to be able to spend the rest of my career here."
Parallels have been drawn between Jonathan and another marauding full-back of Inter fame -- current Roma and former Manchester City defender Maicon.
"He's taller than me," Jonathan said. "We're different."