Massive changes – that’s what Simone Del Nero had in mind when he revisited the club he played for back in 2013.
The Italian attacking midfielder was at the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) training ground this week and saw first hand the numerous changes that the club has gone through since he played for them four years ago.
Del Nero was the first batch of imports after the birth of JDT as a club, together with Spaniard Daniel Guiza. The now 35-year-old only lasted half a season but the experience left a big impression on him.
Johor Southern Tigers Facebook shared his thoughts, noting that the club has improved by leaps and bounds, particularly regarding the facilities made available. The same facilities were also given high praise by China national football team as well as Marcello Lippi last month.
Del Nero is planning to open up his own football academy back in Italy and has indicated that he might put up a JDT logo at the academy as a symbolic reference to his time in Johor.
The former Lazio and Italy Under-21 player, moved back to Italy after his short stint with JDT, playing for Massese in the fourth tier and then Carrarese in the third tier of Italian football.