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.”