Internazionale full-back Dalbert has revealed Nice fans sent him death threats after he swapped Ligue 1 for Serie A in the summer.
The Brazilian had been a top performer for the club, but decided to move on to bigger things after just one season to join the Nerazzurri. However, things haven’t gone as he’d planned so far.
He is has drifted down the pecking order behind Yuto Nagatomo and Davide Santon and has made just five Serie A appearances, which is not how he would have envisaged things after he finalised his move from the French club.
Lifting the lid to L’Equipe, as quoted by Calciomercato, he claimed his reception from the Nice fans was particularly hostile after his decision to switch clubs.
“I was a traitor in the fans eyes, and when they whistled me against Ajax it hurt. I’d like to go back to Nice one day, but I don’t think it will be possible,” he said.
“Before I left I had a lot of threatening messages from them, they said they wanted to break my legs and others hoped to see me dead.
They also sent messages to my wife through social media to threaten her. I felt their wrath and it hurt me, I hope it will pass. I have a lot of respect for the club and the real fans.”
Dalbert might not be playing so much at the moment, but the team as a collective are going extremely well so far – Inter are second in Serie A and are breathing down the neck of Napoli. Nice by contrast are languishing in 14th after 15 games.