June 21, 2015

The club have tweeted a picture of the midfielder signing his contract and he will now fly to Italy to undergo a medical
Inter have confirmed the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of €35 million.
The midfielder has agreed a five-year deal worth €4m a season plus bonuses and will now fly to Italy on Monday to undergo a medical and complete his move.
Kondogbia was initially expected to join AC Milan, but was persuaded to snub their interest after Inter boss Roberto Mancini personally called the France international on Friday.
Kondogbia spent two seasons at Monaco after joining the club from Sevilla and scored three goals in 33 games in all competitions last season.

June 18, 2015

The former Nerazzurri striker believes the 50-year-old trainer just needs time and patience to rebuild the San Siro side
Jurgen Klinsmann is in no doubt that Roberto Mancini is the right man to restore Inter to their former glory.
The Nerazzurri won the treble in 2010 and remain one of the game's most famous names.
However, they have struggled both on and off the field in recent years, resulting in former owner Massimo Moratti handing over control of the club to Erick Thohir in November 2013.
Inter have yet to regain their place among Italy's elite, let alone Europe's - despite the subsequent return of Mancini, who won three consecutive Scudetti during his first spell at San Siro between 2004 and 2008.
However, even though the Nerazzurri could only finish eighth in Serie A last season, Klinsmann believes the former Manchester City boss can turn the club around.
"He has an international eye," the former Inter striker told the La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He knows how to play both in Italy and in the major European countries.
"Just like the new owner, he too needs time. But Mancini is the right man. When you change leadership, you're always going to face some difficulties. Passing from one owner to another is problematic.
"But I think that Erick Thohir will bring benefits. They just have to find the correct new road for themselves and doing that takes patience, trust and time. You cannot have everything at once."
Klinsmann also dispelled the notion that Inter's stock has plummeted in recent seasons and that the game's top talent is no longer drawn to San Siro.
"I'd recommend Inter to all of the best players in the world," the United States coach added.
"Inter are Inter, a name that is a guarantee and that still counts in football. Globally, Inter have not suffered any backlash."

April 19, 2015

The Switzerland international says he cannot revive the Nerazzurri on his own and feels that the club wll have to spend big this summer
Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that Inter will need to sign "important players" in order to get back into the Champions League.
The Switzerland international joined the Nerazzurri from Bayern Munich in January but has thus far struggled to make a big impact a San Siro, netting one goal in 10 Serie A outings.
Shaqiri, though, says that he cannot lift Roberto Mancini's struggling side all on his own, saying that he will need greater support from his team-mates.
"Italian football is different but I’ve had no real problems in settling in," he told reporters.
"Mancini expects me to make the difference and in that regard the help of my team-mates is vital. 
"It’s not been a season to remember but Inter are a massive club and we want to get back to winning ways next season. 
"We need to be in the Champions League, that’s our natural habitat.
"With the arrival of other important players [during the summer transfer window], we’ll be able to cut the gap with the other sides, but Mancini and his coaches know what to do to get us back to the top."
Indeed, Shaqiri says Inter are looking forward to Sunday's derby against AC Milan and desperately hoping to claim the win that would see them climb above their ninth-placed rivals in the Serie A standings.
"There’s a very positive, special vibe," the attacker added. "The tension is rising and you can feel that there’s a different atmosphere around the city. 
"We know that it’s a vital match and have great desire to win it. The stadium will be packed and it’s my first derby, of course. 
"I’m expecting a wonderful night and we want to make our fans happy by beating AC Milan."

March 19, 2015

Despite a 3-1 deficit heading into the clash at San Siro, the Italian coach has belief that his team can do enough to progress to the last eight in the Europa League. Roberto Mancini believes his Inter team can reverse their 3-1 deficit against Wolfsburg in the Europa League and progress to the quarter-finals.
A double from Kevin De Bruyne and a Naldo goal cancelled out an early Rodrigo Palacio opener as the Bundesliga side took the advantage in the tie.
Despite Inter having failed to win any of their last four games, Mancini insists anything can happen and his side are due a run of good luck.
"I'm always optimistic," he told reporters. "We have to go for it, we'll need a big night. We need to use our heads and not be too hurried because goals can come at any time.
"The players need to relax, anything can happen in 90 minutes. We need to play well and be lucky.
"I was gutted for the lads on Sunday after the draw with Cesena, but the only way to improve is through hard work.
"I believe in us. In all the cups Inter have won there were sensational comebacks and an evening without mistakes - sooner or later that has to happen."
The 50-year-old has hailed Mateo Kovacic as the man to make the difference for his side and revealed that Xherdan Shaqiri could feature for the Nerazzurri.
"I hope it can be a big night for Kovacic. He's young and that would help him. We'll assess Shaqiri shortly. He's doing alright but we don't want to take any risks."
The Italian coach also touched on his future at Inter.
"I'm very happy at Inter. I want to stay here and build a winning team."

March 12, 2015

The Inter coach is desperate to be reunited with the Cote d'Ivoire international, who is said to be considering leaving Manchester City this summer. Roberto Mancini says that Yaya Toure will join Inter if the Manchester City ace decides to move to Italy.
The Cote d'Ivoire captain still has two years to run on his contract with the Premier League champions but there is mounting speculation that he will leave the Etihad at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.
Former City boss Mancini has made no secret of his desire to be reunited with the midfielder and has now intimated that Toure has promised to join him at San Siro should the 31-year-old move to continue his career in Serie A. 
"If Yaya Toure comes to Italy, it will be only to join Inter," the Nerazzurri boss told Gazzetta TV.
Mancini also revealed that he has already failed with one previous attempt to lure a City player to the Giuseppe Meazza, defender Micah Richards, who is currently on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina.
"I tried to bring Micah Richards here in January," he said. "He was one of my players when I was at Manchester City, too.
"Fiorentina seemed open to the idea but it didn't come off."
Mancini boldly added that he fully expects Inter to compete for the Serie A title next season.
"Yes, next year we will be a Scudetto contender," he stated. "This faith comes from what we are doing now. We have a great foundation.
"I see the guys improving all the time. Everyone is growing. Next year we can count on fighting with Juve, Napoli and Roma for the title."
The forward has failed to impress during his loan spell at Inter so far and claims his plan was always to return to the Emirates this summer. Lukas Podolski believes he still has a future at Arsenal and plans return to north London in the summer when his loan spell at Inter comes to an end.
The Germany international moved to San Siro in January, having fallen out of favour under Arsene Wenger, but has failed to reignite his career under Roberto Mancini.
Podolski, 29, is yet to find the net in nine appearances for his new club and has now hinted that a permanent move to Inter would not be his desired choice.
"At Inter there have been some negative situations, but I see the bright side in all of it," he told Sport Bild. "Also, it's generally easier to criticise someone who comes on loan, as I did this winter.
"The chapter is not closed with Arsenal, because there is no purchase option.
"I was the first person to clear things up in the talks with Inter and say I didn't want any kind of clause that would have let them purchase my contract rights.
"When you're on loan you never know what can happen, so at the end of the season we'll analyse things freely and decide the situation."
Podolski enjoyed World Cup success with Germany last summer but did not start a single Premier League game with the Gunners in 2014-15 before sealing a temporary switch to the Nerazzurri. Mancini left him out of Inter's Europa League squad and has subsequently criticised the forward for his poor performances.
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