Inter Milan Legend Claims There’s No More Excuses for Underachieving Now Spalletti Has Arrived

​Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca has warned the current players that they will “have no more excuses” for underachieving in Serie A under new head coach Luciano Spalletti, according to Italian news outlet ​Football Italia.

Pagliuca, who featured 165 times in the league for the Nerazzurri, is one of many who have been underwhelmed by Inter’s recent performances, with the Italian giants finishing 7th, 4th and 8th in their last three Serie A seasons.

However, the club have brought in former Roma manager Spalletti to help them reach their former glories and Pagliuca believes that with a manager like Spalletti, no excuses can be made for mediocrity.

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“I have a lot of faith and even before the season began I said Inter would finish in the top four,” the former shot-stopper said.

“They signed a really good coach who will give a style of play to the team. The club put its faith in the players who last year didn’t perform and they have no more excuses now: Inter have brought in a coach suited to these players.”

Under new ownership, Inter have brought in a number of players such as Fiorentina duo Borja Valero and Matías Vecino, although former key players such as Gary Medel, Ever Banega and Rodrigo Palacio have now left the club.

Spalletti won Serie A Coach of the Year two years in a row when managing Roma between 2005 and 2009 and Inter currently sit in second place in Serie A, albeit only two games into the season.

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Inter Milan’s Deadline Day Signing Reveals Why He Chose the Nerazzurri Over Arsenal & PSG

Yann Karamoh, Inter Milan’s transfer deadline day signing from Ligue 1 outfit Caen, has claimed that Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain also tried to sign him but ultimately “I decided to come to Inter.”

Speaking to Premium Sport – via Football Italia – about his recent arrival in Serie A, the Ivory Coast forward had the following to say:


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“It’s a new football, I hope I can improve a lot. I’ve come to a new team and for me it’s important that they’re betting on me. PSG were waiting to make a move for me, and Arsenal contacted my agents.

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“There was also interest from Monaco and Lyon, but I decided to come here.

“Italian football is new for me, there’s much more quality here than in France, you could see that last year in Monaco-Juventus. It’s tough here, I was used to training this way in France but I hope I can improve a lot.”

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Concluding on the matter of footballing heroes, Karamoh stated:  

“My inspirations? There are so many. I’m inspired by Neymar, [Ricardo] Quaresma and also [Paulo] Dybala who is someone I admire a lot.”

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Bayern CEO Claims No Offers Were Lodged for Star Midfielder Despite PersisteSummer Rumours

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed claims Inter Milan made a bid for midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer, telling Italian broadcaster ​Mediaset that they did not receive an offer from any club for the former Juventus man.

Vidal was strongly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena throughout the summer, with Italian side Inter Milan and Premier League Chelsea both rumoured to be potential suitors.

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However, Rummenigge has stated that nobody made a bid for the 30-year-old, who has since been an ever-present for Bayern this season.

“Nobody asked us for him and there was never an official offer for him, not even this summer when the market was open,” he said. “So I cannot confirm [Inter wanted him].”

The Bavarian side saw Douglas Costa, Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso all leave over the summer, and so it is believed that selling Vidal was not an option they favoured.

Nevertheless, Inter have started the Serie A season strongly without Vidal, with the club currently sitting in second place and head coach Luciano Spalletti seemingly happy with his new recruits.

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The San Siro club made five senior signings during the transfer window, including Fiorentina duo Borja Valero and Matías Vecino, and Steven Zhang, the son of the club’s owner Zhang Jindong, says he is satisfied with the way things have gone so far this term, even suggesting that the club can challenge for the Serie A title.

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Playing the Market: 7 of the Best Ever Jose Mourinho Signings From Throughout His Career

Jose Mourinho is embarking on what could be the most crucial season in his career. 

Failure to win the Premier League with Manchester United after two seasons of financial backing could mean failure and even the sack for the Special One.

The Red Devils have started the 2017/18 season in great form and new signings Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof have all started strongly.

Here are seven times throughout his career Mourinho has lived up to his nickname and got his signings bang on.

7. Paulo Ferreira

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Paulo Ferreira was one of Mourinho’s first ever signings when at Porto. 

He bought him for £1.7m in 2002. Jose converted the young Portugal star from a right midfielder to a right back. 

Ferreira went on to win back to back league titles at Porto, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League title. In his two years at Porto he only missed two league games.

Jose was so proud of this signing that he signed him again when appointed Chelsea manager in 2004, this time though for £17m, which shows just how much Ferreira impressed at Porto. 

Once again Paulo would go on to achieve back to back league title wins and three in total. As well as four FA Cups, two League Cups, another Champions League title and another Europa League.

6. Mesut Ozil

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When Mourinho became manager of Real Madrid in 2010 he faced the mammoth task of trying to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona. 

One of the new Madrid bosses first acquisitions was Mesut Ozil, who had shone for Germany at the World Cup, for £15m. 

In Ozil’s first season Real Madrid won the Copa Del Rey, but in the league they fell just short of Barcelona’s incredible 96 points. 

The following year, Ozil played a crucial role in the Mourinho jigsaw. Scoring four goals and getting 17 assists as Madrid amassed an incredible record breaking 100 points to wrestle La Liga title back from their greatest rivals.

5. Didier Drogba

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Drogba is one of the Premier League’s greatest strikers and was signed by Chelsea for £24m in 2004. 

While he had a fairly slow start to life at Stamford Bridge, it was in his third season at Chelsea that he would start to become the legend we now know him to be. 

Scoring 33 goals in all competitions and winning the golden boot that season, Drogba had the highlight of netting the only goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final.

He would score in many finals for Chelsea, most famously in the Champions League final of 2012, and became the archetypal Mourinho striker against which all other forwards were compared

4. Ricardo Carvalho

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Having played under Mourinho at Porto originally, Carvalho played twice more for the Special One – following him to Chelsea in 2004 and Real Madrid in 2010. 

It has often been said that to win league titles you need a solid defence, and the acquisition of the Portugal international proved a shrewd move on multiple occasions for Mourinho. There is simply no way a Mourinho all-time signings XI could not feature Carvalho.

3. Lucio

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Mourinho brought in veteran Brazilian Lucio in his final (but most important) season at Internazionale in 2009 for just under £6m – an absolute bargain even if Lucio was 31 at the time.

Lucio would be pivotal that season in helping Inter achieve an historic treble ending a 45-year wait to be crowned European Champions and delivering Jose’s second Champions League title. 

If you ever want to understand what it means to play with heart and without fear just watch Lucio’s performance against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi final of the Champions League.

2. Luka Modric

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Mourinho signed the magic Croatian in 2012 for an absolute steal at around £30m.

In his first season in the Spanish capital, Modric completed the most passes in the team and in his time at Madrid, he has so far won a league title, a Copa del Rey, three Champions Leagues and voted La Liga’s best midfielder twice.

1. Ashley Cole

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What makes the Cole signing so significant? Well, in landing the Arsenal left back Mourinho and Chelsea managed to capture the greatest left back in the world, in his prime, on the cheap and get one over on their biggest rivals at the same time.

Cole may not be a well-loved figure in the game. However, what is undeniable even to his biggest critics, is his talent. 

If Mourinho’s signings can emulate the quality and success of Cole, Man Utd fans will probably be celebrating their first league title since Fergie.

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Wife of Inter Ace Mauro Icardi Opens Up About Infamous Sampdoria Love Triangle Saga

The wife of Mauro Icardi has sought to end rumours concerning the pair’s infamous love triangle saga with the striker’s former Sampdoria team mate Maxi Lopez.

Wanda Nara, who is also Icardi’s agent, was a guest on South American TV show ​Telefe recently as she opened up about the affair that made the back pages of many papers.

Icardi and Nara are believed to have begun cheating on Lopez – who was the husband of Nara at the time – and many media reports alleged that the now Inter Milan ace had “stolen” the 30-year-old away from Lopez.

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However, Nara moved to refute those claims and explained why any flak should be directed at the Udinese forward instead.

She said: “Maxi Lopez? He cheated and I got tired of it. It’s not true that Mauro was very good friends with Maxi.

“They were teammates and had a good relationship, but his best friends are in Argentina.

Maxi and Mauro met several times and it was all very calm. The story, in fact, was noisier 

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“We won’t forget, for the good of the children, to try keeping our relationships as calm as possible.”

Nara and Lopez got divorced in November 2013 as speculation over an extra-marital affair gathered pace, and various media outlets continued to stoke the fire as, five months later in a clash between Inter and Sampdoria, Lopez refused to shake Icardi’s hand.

Icardi and Nara got married a month later in May 2014, and have two daughters – taking Nara’s total number of children from her two marriages to five.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old celebrity has also revealed why Icardi opted to turn down playing for the Italian national side in favour of Argentina.

The 24-year-old forward had played just seven minutes of senior international football for Argentina back in October 2013 before his recent call-up, and the marksman played the full 90 minutes of his nation’s 0-0 draw with Uruguay during September’s international break.

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Asked why he had resisted I Azzurri’s call, Nara admitted that Icardi had always held out hope of playing for the country of his birth.

She added: “Yes, the Italian national team tried to call him up Icardi 2-3 times, but he always refused.

“Mauro had clear ideas and only wanted Argentina. He was moved when Sampaoli’s call-up came because he dreamed about being part of the Argentina squad for a long time.”

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Mauro Icardi’s Agent Reiterates His Client’s Desire to Stay at Inter Milan for Foreseeable Future

​Mauro Icardi’s long-term future rests with Inter Milan despite interest from numerous European clubs according to his wife and agent, Wanda Nara – as per ​FourFourTwo. 

The Argentine striker has been linked with big money moves away from the San Siro in recent seasons but the Inter captain seems happy in Milan, especially after signing a 5-year contract last October.

Nara has said that the couple enjoy a great relationship with the club as the board has treated their star man extremely well, leaving Nara to state that they are unlikely to seek a move in the near future.

“We’ve renewed his contract with Inter three times because, when other clubs have wanted Icardi, they’ve done everything to keep him,” she told Telefe.

“Our relationship with the board is great, especially on a personal level. For example, when the girls were born, the club gave us a lot of gifts.

“As a family, it’s better for us to stay in Milan because the children want to stay there. Aside from that, Mauro’s very happy and he’s also the captain.

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“It’s not our intention to leave Milan but, if Mauro changes city for work purposes, of course we’d follow him.”

Icardi has started the season well with braces in both of Inter’s victories against Fiorentina and Roma. The Argentine will be hopeful that they can challenge the dominance of Juventus and bring a Scudetto to the Nerazzurri faithful for the first time since 2010.


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Inter, Napoli & Tottenham Target Suso Close to Extending Millan Stay

​Milan are ​said to be close to agreeing a contract extension for Spanish international and former Liverpool player Suso.

The Spaniard has been attracting interest from many teams including Tottenham, Roma, Atletico Madrid and even from Milan’s rivals Inter. 

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The midfielder is said to be currently in negotiations with the Italian giants, despite earlier having said to have considered leaving after Milan acquired no less than eleven summer signings. 

Suso’s proved his worth to the Rossoneri, scoring nine goals and contributing 11 assists since the start of last season, the proposed contract is said to be worth a sum of 3m a year.

Speaking to Calciomercato.com about his stay at the San Siro Suso stated: “I had hold talks with Galliani and Berlusconi but I wanted to reach an agreement with the new owners. I am not for sale, AC Milan won’t even sell me for €80m and I am now close to signing a contract extension.

“My agent is talking with the club and everything seems to go the right direction. “Inter, Roma and Napoli wanted to sign me, I can confirm that.”

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Inter Milan’s Summer Move for Sassuolo Defender Francesco Acerbi Blocked by Luciano Spalletti

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi was on the verge of agreeing a transfer to Inter this summer, according to his agent in an interview with ​Calciomercato.

However, when Inter manager Luciano Spalletti and director of football Walter Sabatini, caught wind of the deal they reportedly shut down negotiations:

“This was the missed move of the summer,” claimed Acerbi’s agent Augusto Carpeggiani.

“The negotiations were at an advanced stage, we’d had meetings and discussions, but when Spalletti and Sabatini arrived, things changed and they made other choices.

“Therefore, we decided to renew the contract with Sassuolo to 2022.”

The centre-back had said at the end of last season that he would not be renewing his contract with the Neroverdi, as it was time to move on. However, with a move to Inter failing to materialise he decided to renew his Sassuolo contract.

Acerbi is a vital part of Sassoulo’s defence and played every game from the start last season, scoring four times from his centre-back role, as his team finished 12th.

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Inter Milan signed two centre-backs this summer transfer window, which may be the reasoning for pulling out of a deal for Acerbi.

Milan Skriniar joined the Nerazzurri for £20m from Sampdoria, while Alessandro Bastoni also joined from Atlanta for around £7m, however he was loaned back for the remained of the season.

Despite the departure of Juan Jesus to Roma for £7m  to Roma, it is thought that Spalletti felt he had enough in that area, without needing to sign Acerbi.

Spalletti now has Miranda and Ranocchia at his disposal, with Skriniar also coming in. 18-year-old youth product Zinho Vanheusden was also in the squad for Inter’s most recent 1-3 victory over Roma.

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Bayern Munich Enforcer Arturo Vidal at the Centre of Tug-of-War Between Italian Giant Duo

​Bayern Munich’s star enforcer Arturo Vidal is at the centre of a battle between two Italian heavyweights – AC Milan and Inter Milan  – according to a report in Tuttosport, as per ​ESPN.

The Chilean midfield general will only have a year remaining on his existing contract next summer, and if reports are anything to go by, both Italian clubs will fight tooth and nail to land the player, with Bayern keen to recoup most of their original £33m outlay in 2015.


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Vidal was at the epicentre of controversy last week after hinting that he was considering retiring from Chile’s national team, amid claims of unfair treatment by the media.

This was after local newspapers suggested that the Bayern star had been involved at an incident at the casino in Chile, resulting in the player being interviewed by police. This claim was subsequently refuted by both Vidal and law enforcement officials.  

Vidal declared that the Chilean press were attempting to ‘stain his image’ and may have had a debilitating effect on La Roja’s preparations for their World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay, in which they surprisingly lost 3-0.

After the game, Vidal tweeted: “Now they must be happy those tetchy [people] we have in our country!!!

“But don’t worry, each time I’m closer to leaving.”

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Ivan Perisic’s Proposed New Inter Deal Set to Include Huge €70m Release Clause Amid Man Utd Interest

Inter Milan’s talismanic midfielder Ivan Perisic is set to sign a new contract with the Nerazzurri, which will include a colossal €70m release clause, according to a report in ​Tuttosport. 

The Croatian midfielder, 28, was subject to a deluge of speculation linking him with a summer move to Premier League giants Manchester United, which, despite a bid, failed to come to fruition. 

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The reputed new deal will make Perisic the second highest paid player at the club, behind Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, with a salary increase that will see him earn €4.7m net-per season. 

This is compared to Icardi’s €450k-a-year image rights, as well as the fact that the Inter captain will receive a further 10 per-cent increase should Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League, will keep him above Perisic at the San Siro. 

Inter hope to dissuade interest in their star midfielder with the insertion of a €70m release clause, with claims suggesting that the deal will contain an anti-Man Utd clause, such was their irritation at the Red Devils’ protracted chase for the Croat.  

The Premier League club allegedly had a £35m bid rejected for Perisic, with the Serie A giants holding out for a fee in the region of £48m, which will now no doubt irritate Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho who tried to broker a deal for the wide-man. 

Despite rumours to the contrary, Man Utd did not up their bid, and only last month did Mourinho accept that the player would not be moving to Manchester.

“That’s football,” Mourinho admitted when quizzed on the failure to land the coveted player.

“If I was playing against Inter tomorrow I’d want to win.

“They’re strong, they put up a good defence to keep someone who’s an important player for them. That’s football.”

Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio also claimed a new deal for Perisic, who is held in high regard at the San Siro and valued much higher too, was underway.

“The same goes for Perisic, who is an important player and we are currently discussing a new contract with him,” said Ausilio last month.​​

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