The Roman midfielder arrived at Lazio in 2012 with much controversy and displeasure from some fans but has been able to carve out a consistent starting role and has become a key player for the Biancocelesti.
Candreva spoke to Sky Sports Italia about how he began his footballing journey: "I started playing on the streets in the neighborhood of Tor De Cenci,where my parents still live. That is where it all began. I then moved to the youth team of Lodi and had a great experience there meeting some guys there that are still my best friends toady. Then I went to Ternana. The first months were difficult because at the age of 14 I had to move away from home”.
In the summer of 2007 the Roman was bought by Udinese. Although he was ecstatic to join a strong Serie A club it was not the happiest of years for him as he featured little for the Northerners. “That year was hard but at Udinese there were many champions, like Antonio Di Natale, so I learned a lot and achieved some important milestones early on in my career”, stated Candreva.
Candreva was later loaned out to several sides including Livorno, Juventus, Parma and finally Cesena. His time at Livorno was by far the most successful but he was also a solid and reliable player for both Juventus and Parma. He was only a Cesena player for 6 months before on the last day of the January 2012 mercato a deal was struck by Lotito to bring him to the capital on a free loan deal (in return for Simone Del Nero).
After a difficult start with the Biancocelesti, he managed to turn the boos into cheers: ”The reasons for the boos was because while I played for Livorno I had an interview and they asked me which players I liked. I replied Totti and De Rossi because I respect them. I found the next few months very challenging. The coach and the team gave me the confidence to make me feel serene".
The match against Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico on April 7th 2012 was “the match for me” according to Candreva. After 8 minutes, he scored his first Lazio goal as the Biancocelesti went on to win that match 3-1; “There was applause from the Curva Nord. That joy and appreciation for me was such a pleasant release”.
”I love playing in Rome for Lazio and want to stay at the club for as long as possible to show my qualities. I want to help bring Lazio to the Champions League, it is a goal that the entire team shares and we are trying to achieve it for many years now. This season has been tough, some good performances and some average ones. We are all working hard to gain more consistency but it will take some time”, concluded Candreva.