Serie-A News: Onana learns from the “giant” Handanovich and is inspired by the “greatest” Neuer

    Andre Onana said that he always learns from another Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, and also draws inspiration from Germany captain Manuel Neuer.

    The former Ajax stopper joined the Nerazzurri on a free transfer ahead of this season, eventually replacing the veteran Handanovic between sticks after watching their first eight Serie A matches off the bench.

    Onana often gets advice from the 38-year-old, but he considers his colleague from Bayern Munich, Neuer, to be the “greatest”.

    “Handanovic is a giant, I take my hat off to him,” he told SportWeek. “He always helps and advises me. I am a modern goalkeeper, I go outside, take a lot of risks and play with my feet.

    “As a child, I dreamed of watching miracles [Gianluigi] buffon and [Iker] Casillas, but the greatest of them all is Neuer: he does crazy things, he inspires me.”

    Onana is playing for Cameroon at the World Cup starting with a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland and is set to play in the remaining Group G fixtures against Serbia and Brazil.

    The 26-year-old revealed that after losing to the Swiss, the Indomitable Lions received a surprise visit from one of the greatest players of all time.

    “The defeat against Switzerland is behind us,” he added. “[Samuel] Eto’o came to the dressing room to cheer us up.

    “[Our] heads [are] holding high for the next test with Serbia and Brazil in the World Cup. The goal is to reach the playoffs. For us, the dream remains alive, intact and achievable.”

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