Banega looking forward to Icardi partnership at Inter

The Argentine star says he is looking forward to the opportunity to link up with attacker, while he says that he would like to be “in the thick of the game”

Ever Banega says he hopes to form an effective partnership with compatriot Mauro Icardi at Inter this season.

The Argentina international joined Inter on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Sevilla, where Banega won successive Europa League crowns.

And the former Valencia midfielder, who shone as a deep-lying playmaker under new Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, was attracted by the presence of a strong Argentinian contingent at San Siro, particularly star striker Icardi.

“Definitely one of my goals will be to give [Icardi] as many chances as possible to score,” Banega, who will wear the number 19 shirt for the Nerazzurri, said at his official unveiling on Friday.
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“Even the presence of [former Argentina captain and current Inter vice-president] Javier Zanetti was important. Talking to him was very useful.”

However, Banega is not sure which position he will be deployed in by new Inter coach Frank de Boer, having fulfilled both creative and destructive duties during spells at Valencia and Sevilla.

“I’ve played in so many roles but I believe there is a role that I can consider mine: I like to be in the thick of the game,” he added.

De Boer: Icardi not leaving Inter

The new Nerazzurri coach is looking forward to working with the Argentine striker at San Siro and believes his side can challenge Juventus for the Serie A title this season

New Inter boss Frank de Boer insists captain and star striker Mauro Icardi will not leave the club as he plots to end Juventus’ dominance of Serie A.

The former Netherlands international has signed a three-year deal at San Siro to succeed Roberto Mancini, who left his role amid reports of a dispute with club owners Suning Holdings Group.

A succession of heavy pre-season defeats preceded Mancini’s exit, with De Boer confirming the club approached him in the aftermath of last Friday’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

But the 46-year-old was bullish over Inter’s prospects at his first news conference as coach and he expects Icardi – a reported transfer target for Arsenal and Napoli over the course of the close-season – to play a key role in attempting to stop Juve adding a sixth consecutive league title this season.

“I thank Inter for choosing me,” De Boer said. “I spoke with the owners and everyone wants to bring the club where it deserves to be. 

“Juventus are not unbeatable, sometimes things change. They have a great team and it will be tough, but we want to fight. 

“We will keep the players who do not want to sell. Icardi will remain.
READ MORE  | De Boer and Inter need each other

“Mauro is young, can still learn and we will work very well together.”

Mancini’s future was a source of speculation throughout a fractious pre-season and De Boer revealed that he held exploratory talks with Inter’s owners two weeks ago.

“We spoke to Inter two weeks ago simply to understand whether there might be any common ground,” he explained.

“Everything happened quickly. I was honoured by their interest.”

Inter’s opening game of the Serie A season comes away at Chievo in 12 days’ time, meaning De Boer faces a race against time to get his players up to speed.

“It’s not an ideal situation but we have a very talented and experienced side,” the ex-Ajax coach added.

“We can use our ideas to be ready in a short space of time. We have a philosophy and the team needs to believe in that.

“I’m convinced that we’ll be ready and that we’ll get on the right track as quickly as possible.”

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
READ MORE  | OFFICIAL: Vermaelen joins RomaMancini returned to San Siro in 2014, having led the club to three consecutive Serie A titles during his first stint in charge, but the former Manchester City boss is thought to have been at loggerheads with Inter’s hierarchy over the club’s transfer policy.
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.”