ONE37pm: For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself and your journey to Atalanta? How did you get into football?
Djimsiti: Thanks, ONE37pm for having me. It was a pleasure doing this interview with you! I am Berat Djimsiti, my journey to Atalanta wasn't the easiest, let's say. Before, I was playing football in Switzerland and then came to one point that I didn't develop as much as I wanted to. So, I got this opportunity to change to Italy, to the team of Atalanta Bergamo.
Yes, it was not easy in the start because I was quite young, 22 at this time and I think in the first six months, I had difficulties finding a place in the team. Now if you watch how I grew, and our team grew in the past years, I think it’s an incredible journey to tell!
ONE37pm: When did you know as a kid that you had the passion and desire to challenge yourself and say “I want to be a professional footballer”, when did that moment occur to you?
Djimsiti: I think it’s quite a difficult question! But, I think at an early age when I started to play football in a small village where my family lived and I grew up.
As a five year old, I started to play football and I saw quiet fast that I had some talent let’s say, because I could, not to be arrogant now … but I could see that I had more qualities than others at my age, and so I think this moment I thought for sure that I wanted to be a professional footballer.
I had the thought every time in my mind, but as a young kid you know you have a lot of dreams you never know what is going to happen, but this was for sure my desire.
ONE37pm: What does it mean to play for Atalanta? The city of Bergamo? How has your game evolved playing under Gian Piero Gasperini and what does he mean to him?
Djimsiti: It means a lot, especially the last few years we grew up as a team and we have had a lot of success and I think not only for Atalanta but for the whole city of Bergamo. The success we have had is important because before, the city didn't have this reality that we would play champions league almost every year and it's something they have never had before.