OFFICIAL: Inter confirm De Boer as head coach

The Dutch coach, who won four Eredivisie titles with Ajax, has signed a three-year contract with the Serie A side after Roberto Mancini’s departure

Frank de Boer has been appointed as the new head coach of Inter on a three-year deal, the club have announced.
Inter have acted swiftly to replace Roberto Mancini, who left his role at San Siro on Monday amid reports of a dispute with Suning Holdings Group, the club’s new owners.
De Boer quickly emerged as the favourite to take the reins and the former Ajax boss’s arrival has now been confirmed.
“F.C. Internazionale Milano confirms that Dutchman Frank de Boer will be unveiled as the club’s new head coach at a press conference today at 14:00CET at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti,” a club statement confirmed.
“De Boer will join the Nerazzurri on a three-year contract and will take charge of first team training this afternoon.
“The Dutchman brings with him a wealth of international experience having played at the highest level for both club and country.”

Frank #deBoer is #Inter’s new Head Coach. Press unveiling at 14:00 CEST #WelcomeFrank #FCIM
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) August 9, 2016
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The 51-year-old has also overseen a poor pre-season, which culminated in a 6-1 rout at the hands of Tottenham on Friday, while they also suffered defeats to Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
De Boer is now tasked with stabilising and rebuilding the club following a short spell out of coaching, after his decision to step aside at Ajax at the end of last season.
Following a decorated playing career, De Boer’s first senior coaching role saw him assist Bert van Marwijk in Netherlands’ 2010 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten by Spain in the final.
A six-year spell in charge of Ajax – for whom he played over 300 games – followed and he steered them to four successive Eredivisie titles, a first in the club’s history.
Last season was a disappointing one for the Dutch giants, though, as they exited the Europa League in the group stages after a failing to qualify for the Champions League, while they were pipped to the domestic title by arch-rivals PSV on the final day of the campaign.
Everton were reportedly interested in De Boer before turning to Ronald Koeman.

Inter, who finished fourth last term, begin their season away to Chievo on August 21.

'I'm happy to be here!' – De Boer to be announced as new Inter boss

The former Ajax man is set to replace Roberto Mancini in the hotseat at San Siro, having appeared on the club’s Twitter feed with a message to fans

Frank de Boer spoke of his desire to bring the good times back to Inter after arriving in Milan ahead of becoming the club’s new head coach.

Inter parted company with Roberto Mancini on Monday following a reported dispute with the club’s owners Suning Holdings Group over transfer policy.

Mancini led Inter to three consecutive Serie A titles during his first stint at the club, but the Nerazzurri could only finish fourth under his stewardship last term despite leading the way by the mid-season break.

De Boer is set to be confirmed as Mancini’s replacement in the coming days, and the Dutchman – who led Ajax to four straight Eredivisie titles between 2011 and 2014 – is eagerly awaiting the challenge.

Il saluto di @FrankRonald1970 agli #InterFans! More on snapchat: interofficial #FCIM
— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 8, 2016

“I am happy to be here,” De Boer told reporters upon his arrival in Milan.

“I hope to be able to enjoy a lot of successes with Inter. I will see you at the news conference on Tuesday.”

Inter have yet to formally announce the 46-year-old as their new man in charge, but they posted a video of De Boer greeting the club’s fans on their Twitter account.

“Hello Inter fans, hope to see you soon,” he said.

OFFICIAL: Inter sack Roberto Mancini

The Nerazzurri have dismissed the ex-Manchester City boss just under two weeks before the start of the new Serie A season, with Frank de Boer set to take over the San Siro reins

Inter have confirmed the sacking of manager Roberto Mancini just under two weeks before the start of the new Serie A season.The Nerazzurri’s Chinese owners have decided to wield the axe following the club’s heavy 6-1 defeat against Tottenham in a pre-season friendly in Oslo.Mancini, 51, had been under pressure at Inter due to the club’s failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League with a fourth-placed finish last term, having been top of the table as late as January.And Mancini has since been dismissed on the back of just one win from five pre-season friendlies, with former Ajax boss Frank de Boer poised to replace him at the helm, Goal understands.”Inter would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto for the work carried out with the team since joining in November 2014,” said a club statement.
READ MORE  | Mancini pays price for stubbornness”Last season the club led Serie A until the Christmas break, ending the season in fourth place and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
“We thank Roberto for the work and commitment he has shown the club over the past 20 months.”Mancini, who guided Inter to three Serie A titles between 2004 and 2008, returned to the club for a second spell in November 2014.The former Manchester City boss led Inter to eighth during the 2014-15 campaign and brought in a number of big signings last summer in an attempt to lead the club back into the Champions League.

However, Inter finished 13 points behind third-placed Roma and were also beaten by Juventus on penalties in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

Mancini set for Inter exit

The former Manchester City boss has been unable to bring glory to San Siro in his second spell on the club’s bench, and is reportedly discussing exit terms with directors

Roberto Mancini is set to leave his position as Inter coach, with negotiations taking place regarding a severance package. 
Mancini returned for a second spell as Inter coach in November 2014, but he has been unable to replicate the success of his first stint when he won three Serie A titles.

His current contract is due to expire in the summer of 2017, but according to reports from Sky Sport Italia confirmed by Goal he has a strained relationship with Inter’s owners – and lawyers are now in talks over an agreement to mutually terminate his deal. 
There have reportedly been disagreements regarding Inter’s summer transfer activity, while Mancini saw his side thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham in a pre-season friendly in Oslo on Friday. 
The leading candidate to replace Mancini at Inter is reportedly former Ajax boss Frank de Boer, with the new Serie A season just two weeks away.

Inter made offer for Gabigol – agent

The 19-year-old has been the subject of a bid from Juventus, but his agent revealed the Nerazzurri are the third club who have made an official approach

Inter have joined Juventus in the race to sign Gabriel Barbosa, having made an offer for the Santos forward, according to his agent.
The 19-year-old, nicknamed ‘Gabigol’, has been linked with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Barcelona and Juventus – during the transfer window, with the latter having a €20 million offer accepted.
Reports in Brazil suggest Inter’s offer is worth around €25m, and the player’s representative Wagner Ribeiro has confirmed a new bid has been made, revealing a decision will come after his participation in the Olympic Games.
“Inter’s is the third official offer that Santos have received for Gabigol,” he told Lance Net.
READ MORE  | OFFICIAL: Hamsik signs new Napoli deal”For now we want to leave Gabriel in peace. When the Olympics finish – with the gold medal, God willing – we will sit round the table and resolve his future. We are calm.
“When the Olympics finish, I will sit down with Gabigol and his family and decide his future.”

Barbosa scored on his senior Brazil debut against Panama in May and has since gone on to reach four caps after featuring at the Copa America, prior to his commitments for the Under-23 team in Rio.

Mancini defends Inter after Tottenham thrashing

The coach was concerned with his team’s capitulation in a torrid second half as they slipped to a fourth pre-season defeat, but he insisted that they would learn from the test

Roberto Mancini has defended his Inter side after their 6-1 thrashing against Premier League side Tottenham in their latest friendly.

A Harry Kane penalty and a goal from Erik Lamela put Spurs 2-1 up at half-time after Ivan Perisic’s tidy finish. But it was one-way traffic in the second half as Tottenham netted four unanswered goals from Dele Alli, Kane, Vincent Janssen and Shayon Harrison.

Mancini, though, opted to pick the positives from Inter’s performance, particularly the first-half display. 

“Nobody likes to lose, especially 6-1, but aside from the result the first half was good,” Mancini said.
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“From the 50th minute onwards we made too many mistakes and the result shows that.

“Losing is never nice, but I prefer to play against strong teams because it’s better to face sides of a certain level.”

The loss was Inter’s fourth out of seven pre-season games, in which they have only won once.

But despite Inter’s underwhelming run of friendlies, former Manchester City manager Mancini insists Inter are set to improve on their fourth-placed Serie A finish last season.

“This season we want to improve on fourth place and we have the chance to do that. We have to work hard in order to be in the right shape and do well,” he said.

Tottenham 6-1 Inter: Kane and Lamela star as Mancini's men suffer misery

Roberto Mancini’s men were delivered a warning for the coming season as a strong side was dismantled by Spurs at the end of the English club’s pre-season preparations

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham thrashed Inter 6-1 in Oslo to end their pre-season campaign in stunning style.

Spurs striker Kane’s first goal – a controversial penalty – was levelled by Ivan Perisic, but a brilliant long-range effort from Erik Lamela had Mauricio Pochettino’s men ahead at the break.

Dele Alli and Kane increased Spurs’ advantage and the game was long over as a contest before substitute Vincent Janssen struck on 65 minutes and youngster Shayon Harrison put the icing on the cake late on.

Spurs had lost their two previous pre-season games, but can now take momentum into the new Premier League season, while Inter have only won once in seven matches as they prepare for the 2016-17 campaign.

After both teams named strong sides, with Ever Banega handed his Inter debut having signed from Sevilla, Tottenham were ahead after five minutes thanks to a controversial penalty. 

Cristian Ansaldi appeared to win ball from Kyle Walker prior to making contact with the full-back, but a spot-kick was awarded and Kane stepped up to smash a confident penalty into the top corner, sending Samir Handanovic the wrong way.

Ryan Mason somehow failed to hit the target after being presented with a golden chance to double the lead following Christian Eriksen’s square pass, while debutant Banega drilled an effort just wide before he set up Inter’s 24th-minute equaliser.

Banega’s throughball found Perisic and he smashed in with a powerful left-footed shot that caught out goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Spurs were back in front five minutes before the break when Alli and Kane combined to find Lamela 25 yards out and he curled a magnificent effort into the top corner. 

A simply stunning strike from @ErikLamela in Oslo! Sit back and enjoy… #COYS
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 5, 2016

After 51 minutes, Tottenham extended their lead. Alli played a neat one-two with Janssen and guided an impressive low finish into the far corner.

It should have been four when Kane headed against the post from close-range after Kieran Trippier’s cross, with Lamela unable to convert with an attempted flick on the rebound.

But Kane did get his second goal in the 57th minute, collecting Lamela’s pass before driving into the box and drilling a shot past Handanovic.

Spurs’ dominance of the second half continued when Alli’s weaving run allowed Janssen to comfortably slot home a first-time finish.

And a delighted Harrison made it six with 13 minutes to play – scoring a simple tap-in with his first touch after coming off the bench following great work from Janssen and Lamela.

Arsenal target Icardi told he 'needs to improve as a man'

Arsenal’s target has been told he needs to improve off the field in order to match the talent of Juventus’ Paulo Dybala

AC Milan great Arrigo Sacchi has told Inter captain Mauro Icardi that he has to “improve as a man” in order to succeed at the highest level.

The two-time European Cup winning coach gave his verdict on the latest transfer dramas in Serie A, with Gonzalo Higuain having joined Juventus for €90million and Napoli chasing Icardi as they attempt to replace his compatriot.

Sacchi, 70, also revealed he had previously advised Silvio Berlusconi to bring Maurizio Sarri and Paulo Dybala to Milan, but the duo ended up joining Napoli and Juve respectively.

“I spoke to Silvio Berlusconi two years ago – I told him to get Maurizio Sarri when he was Empoli coach and also Dybala as a player, who was then at Palermo,” Sacchi told La Nacion.

“Dybala is a phenomenon, he’s a great player and a great guy. I always look at the man first.

“Dybala is fantastic and I’m sure he’s going to improve a lot. Icardi as a man is less reliable than Dybala. If he improves as a man he will grow because he also has a lot of talent.”
He added: “When I signed Frank Rijkaard I sent a man I trusted to Zaragoza for 20 days to watch how he trained, what he ate, how he behaved with rivals and team-mates. When I was wrong, I was wrong about the man and not about the footballer. 

“Gonzalo Higuain had an incredible, incredible season and therefore he costs a lot. Do you know the world of football? It’s run on emotions and he gives great emotions.”

Sacchi, though, is concerned about the growing trend of massive transfer fees in the modern game.

He added: “Now, the money being spent is a lot – I have fear looking at the future because football could break with excessive leadership or business.”

Icardi in the dark over Napoli as transfer saga continues

The Argentine forward has been linked with a possible €70million move to the Nerazzurri’s Serie A rivals, but insists he has only been concentrating on pre-season

Inter captain Mauro Icardi claims he knows little about his future as he continues to be linked with a move to Napoli.

The San Siro side’s president Erick Thohir has confirmed the 23-year-old has already been the subject of a rejected bid from last season’s Serie A runners-up as they look to replace new Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Icardi – who has also been linked with Arsenal – came off the substitute’s bench and scored his first goal of pre-season as Inter suffered a 4-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in Charlotte on Saturday.

But the striker revealed he was not up to date on the latest speculation on his future amid reports in Italy suggesting Napoli are preparing to return with a new €70million offer and rumours that his wife and agent Wanda Nara will be offered a movie role by Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“There have been a lot of rumours over recent days,” Icardi told reporters after the defeat to Bayern. 
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“The truth is that I have been a long way from home for a month, so I’m not very informed about what is happening.

“The criticism? People looking from the outside can think whatever they want, I am staying calm.”

Inter team-mate Stevan Jovetic, meanwhile, is eager to see his fellow forward remain at San Siro.

He told Premium Sport: “I would certainly be sorry to see Icardi leave because he is a great player. 

“I have seen him look calm in recent days, so I don’t know anything about what is happening, but I truly hope he stays with us.”

Ranocchia faces make-or-break stage in career

Andrea Ranocchia missed out on selection in Antonio Conte’s preliminary Italy squad for Euro 2016, continuing his run of poor fortune.

The Azzurri were pressed into several difficult selections for the tournament, and the 28-year-old narrowly missed out on a place on the plane to France after featuring earlier in the year for Conte’s men.

As of 27th May, Italy are backed at 16/1 in the latest Euro 2016 betting odds to win the competition for the second time in their history, but they will have to do so without the services of Ranocchia.

Ranocchia was a key player for Inter Milan during the reigns of Andrea Stramaccioni and Walter Mazzarri.

However, Roberto Mancini deemed the defender surplus to requirements last season, despite featuring prominently as captain for the Nerazzurri in the 51-year-old’s first term at the club.

The Italian was also a regular in Conte’s squads for their Euro 2016 qualifiers, making 11 appearances for the Azzurri under the tenure of the former Juventus boss.

At the start of last season, Ranocchia was stripped of the captaincy by Mancini as the manager handed the armband over to striker Mauro Icardi, losing patience with the centre-back’s mistakes from the 2014/15 campaign.

Ranocchia made a crucial error allowing Gonzalo Higuain to fire Napoli past the Nerazzurri into the Coppa Italia semis, while further mistakes followed in the club’s Europa League clash against Wolfsburg and Serie A matches with Parma and Genoa.

Although the defender signed a contract extension until 2019 with the Milan-based outfit, the arrivals of Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo pushed him down the pecking order.

Ranocchia was linked with moves to Liverpool, Everton and Norwich City during the transfer window, but remained at Inter and featured off the bench 10 times before January.

However, he secured a loan switch to Sampdoria in January and managed to rediscover his best form for Vincenzo Montella’s men, with the only blight being a late red card in their 0-0 draw against Sassuolo.

Ranocchia’s improvement was deemed good enough to regain his place in Conte’s squad for friendly matches against Spain and Germany, although he only played the last 30 minutes of their defeat to Die Mannschaft.

He failed to make an impact on Conte’s decision to go with inexperienced back-up options for the tournament as Angelo Ogbonna, Daniele Rugani and Davide Astori all made the 30-man squad.

As a result, the defender faces a crossroads in his career as Sampdoria refused the option to make his loan deal permanent, leaving him with an important summer ahead at Inter or elsewhere.

The future of Mancini at Inter could also play a huge part in his decision as a new manager may break-up the partnership of Murrilo and Juan Jesus at the back.

Ranocchia has all the attributes needed to be a successful defender with the height and strength to cope with physical players in the final third, while he is also no slouch with enough pace along with positional awareness to cope with speedy forwards.

A move to the Premier League could bring out the best in the Italian once again, perhaps under his former boss at Inter, Mazzarri, who has been named as the new manager of Watford.

He would have no problem with the physical rigours of the Premier League and has a good injury record, which will endear him to teams in the English top flight and their hectic fixture schedules.

Numerous Italians have arrived in England and thrived, which may be enough to push him back into the plans of the next manager of the Azzurri for the 2018 World Cup.