5 Things We Learned From Inter’s 3-2 Victory Against Rivals AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina

Inter Milan closed the gap on leaders Napoli with a last-gasp victory against city rivals AC Milan, thanks to a controversial penalty scored by hat-trick hero Mauro Icardi.

As AC Milan looked close to taking a share of the spoils despite struggling for much of the match, there were many talking points from a game which was great for the neutral fan, as refereeing decisions and a sluggish display cost the visitors dearly.

5. Mauro Icardi Is on Fire This Season

After bagging his ninth Serie A goal in eight matches, including a hat-trick against rivals AC Milan, Icardi has shown that he is the real deal in Italian football and could be a world-beater over the next few years.

His performances must be surely alerting the attention of the Premier League giants, while also drawing admiring glances from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. If he keeps up his recent form over a consistent spell, he could fire them to their first title since 2010.

4. AC Milan Show Money Will Not Always Bring Instant Success

After three defeats on the bounce, although they showed in the second half glimpses of the squad’s potential, the Rossoneri were brought back down to earth by their eternal rivals after spending over £150m on talent in the summer, backed by their new Chinese owners  Rossoneri Sport Investment.

As the likes of captain Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and André Silva are beginning to realise in 9th place, infusing so many quality players together in a short space of time when the likes of Napoli and Juventus have settled squads demonstrates how far they have to go.

3. Luciano Spaletti Is Impressing Highly as Inter Milan Manager

Many thought it would take time for former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti to adjust to life as new coach of Inter Milan, after mixed success in Italy and in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg.

With eight games under his belt as manager of Nerazzurri, they sit second in the table behind surprise package Napoli, conceding only five goals in the process as Spaletti has focused heavily on defence first, showing in the Derby Della Madonnina a well-organised defence and hard-working midfield.

2. Antonio Candreva Silenced His Doubters

It was one of the standout highlights of the game, with the Italian international quelling a number of pundits who suggested in the national media that he needs to produce more when it matters, by sending in a beauty of a cross for Icardi to dispatch with aplomb.

The Argentine forward had to simply flick the ball into the back of the net, such was the pace on the cross, as Candreva showed to his critics that he can deliver when the time comes, making the pass of the game and causing havoc throughout the match.

1. AC Milan Were Unlucky Not to Come Out of the Game With More

Inter Milan kept within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli thanks to a hat-trick from the devastating Icardi, but it might have been different if AC Milan had put in the same amount of effort and creativity that they did in a thirty minute spell from the beginning of the second half.

Creating chance after chance, the visitors were close to taking all three points by bombarding the opposition with attacks, as goals from Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura showed they can mix it with the best in Serie A. However, a lack of energy, poor defending and a slow start cost them dearly. 


Luciano Spalletti Insists Inter ‘Need to Develop Further’ Despite 3-2 Over Rivals AC Milan

​After Argentine captain Mauro Icardi claimed the bragging rights for the blue side of Milan with a dominating display in the 3-2 victory against city rivals AC Milan, manager Luciano Spalletti claimed his side still need to ‘develop further’ after closing the gap on top placed Napoli.

Speaking to the club’s ​official website after the game, the former Roma coach insisted his side do not rest on the impressive start they have made at the beginning of the Serie A campaign, looking ahead to the crunch match away to Napoli on October the 21st.

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“This win gives us enthusiasm but we must be realistic and keep working in the right way,” said the Inter Milan manager.

“Like tonight, the team will take to the pitch in the knowledge that they’re up against a great opponent but aware that they have certain requirements as they wear this shirt. We’ll go there to play but Napoli are a great side and Sarri is doing a brilliant job.”

With twenty two points on the board from a possible twenty four, thanks to a last-minute penalty from hat-trick hero Icardi, Spalletti heaped praise on his captain while also saluting the efforts of his team mates in the 3-2 victory.


“Mauro was great. He was fundamental, he helped the team as he went to recover the ball, lessening the burden on his teammates, he’s a strong player, he’s complete for his age and he takes on great responsibility,” added Spalletti.

“I see that these players are serious, they’re professionals and they know how to do what is asked of them. If everyone is pushing in the same direction, it’s easier to get results.”

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Inter Milan 3-2 AC Milan: A Mauro Icardi Hat-Trick Clinches Victory in the Derby della Madonnina

On an evening of exciting football in Serie A, late drama ensued as Inter Milan were awarded a controversial penalty in the closing stages of the game to take all three points and the bragging rights of the city, while keeping within distance of leaders Napoli.

A hat-trick from Mauro Icardi, with a last-gasp penalty in the 89th minute gave the hosts a victory, although replays show the foul on Danilo D’Ambrosio from Ricardo Rodríguez was a soft one. Goals from Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura gave the visitors hope, but it was Inter who took all three points.

​A pulsating derby that goes back a hundred and nine years began with both teams playing on the front foot, passing and probing to test the defensive set up and tactics of a match between two rivals in second place and ninth in Serie A.

As the tackles went flying in during a typical hot-blooded affair between the two sides of Milan, referee Paolo Tagliavento had to keep his wits about him to know who was play acting and which was a genuine foul, booking Nerazzurri defender Miranda and AC Milan stopper Alessio Romagnoli in the first half.


The first real chance of the half fell to the excellent Antonio Candreva, who curled a sumptuous right-footed effort from twenty-five yards out, which crashed off the bar, as Gianluigi Donnarumma scrambled to keep it out.

Inter again tested the young Italian international with a powerful Miranda header from a Ivan Perišić cross, which was just outside the post as the home side pushed for the first goal of the game.


With twenty eight minutes gone, the home crowd were on their feet as captain and in-form striker Mauro Icardi bagged his seventh league goal, as the Argentine swept home a deft flick, thanks to a dangerous whipped in cross from Italian midfielder Candreva, who put it on a plate for Icardi.

As the visitors struggled through the majority of the first half to create any decent chances, on the stroke of half time former Liverpool forward Fabio Borini nearly found the opener for Rossoneri, after a fantastic through ball from Franck Kessié played the striker through on goal. Struggling to set himself, Borini hit a tame shot into the path of Samir Handanović, who parried the ball away with ease after a low save.


After a poor first half, the away side came out of the blocks much faster, as former Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio looked to have scored his first goal in Italy, finishing off a rebound from a André Silva shot which hit the post, but his celebrations were cut short when the visitors realised the flag was up.

Further efforts from substitute Patrick Cutrone and Suso, who fizzed a speculative effort from 30 yards out, forcing a difficult save from Handanović, giving the hosts a cause for concern. Cutrone again showed why he was introduced from the bench, whiskers away from getting his side off the mark with a flicked shot, similar to Icardi’s goal, which hit the side netting.

Finally making their early second half pressure pay, AC Milan got back on level terms with ex-Liverpool midfielder Suso equalising in the Derby della Madonnina. Using the overlapping run of Musacchio to create some space outside the box, the Spaniard opened up his body and bent a wonderful left footed strike past Handanović, who had no chance.

Following ten minutes of intense pressure, Inter Milan finally woke up in the second half with the hosts nearly taking the lead once again, as Matías Vecino should have finished a relatively easy chance from ten yards out, sending an effort wide of the post under no pressure.


As AC Milan looked the more likely to score a second with Bonaventura testing the safe hands of Handanović once more , their city rivals made the Rossoneri pay as Icardi showed why he is one of the deadliest strikers in Italian football right now.

Winning the ball on the half way line before running at the AC Milan defence, the Argentine forward waited for Perišić to support him, playing the Croatian winger down the line who in turn lifted in a delicate pass, which Icardi dispatched on the volley magnificently.


With both sides pushing to put the game beyond doubt, to their credit, the Rossoneri came back once again to bring another enthralling game to 2-2, as Bonaventura at the second time of asking found the back of the net, with goal-line replays showing the ball had clearly crossed the line. Showing the desire needed as many Inter defenders watched on, the midfielder had to just help the ball in after a whipped in Borini cross.

Subsitite Eder came close with a shot which was blocked by Miranda, but it was Icardi who stepped up to the plate in the final stages of the game, taking his side ten points clear of their rivals with a cool penalty in the 89th minute, after Rodriguez was adjudged to have brought down D’Ambrosio in the box.


Former Man Utd Star Explains Why Retiring Andrea Pirlo Was ‘the Best Midfielder in the World’

​Former Manchester United man Park Ji-sung has insisted that Andrea Pirlo was ‘the best midfielder in the world.’

The South Korean was full of admiration for the Italian maestro, who is to hang up his boots at the end of the current MLS season with New York City FC.

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Park remembers clearly coming up against Pirlo when they represented United and AC Milan respectively, and he doesn’t believe there was better than him around that time.

Speaking to ​Goal, he said: “He was not a big player physically, but his ability in passing, taking free-kicks, shooting from distance, play-making was the best in the world at that time.

“I believe he was a great player who could dictate the game. He was the biggest threat to any team who played against his team.”

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Park was the man tasked with trying to neutralise chief orchestrator Pirlo in the 2010 Champions League last 16 tie, and he was relatively successful in his duty as United surged into the quarter-finals after winning 7-2 on aggregate.

Speaking of the role Sir Alex Ferguson specifically assigned him, Park added: “I tried to block him so that he cannot be in possession of the ball. When he had the ball, I tried to prevent him passing the ball in front of him.

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“To mark Pirlo was not easy. It was hard mentally, physically but consequently Milan had a difficult game against us.”

There has been an outpouring of adulation for Pirlo since he announced his decision to retire, with many labelling him as one of the finest playmakers ever to have played the game.

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Mauro Icardi Reveals That He Wants to Reach the 100-Goal Mark Playing for Inter Milan

​Mauro Icardi has been Inter Milan’s talisman as captain and striker in the last couple of seasons.

Ahead of of the Milan Derby on Sunday evening, Icardi revealed to the Chinese press at Inter’s Suning training centre of his desire to reach 100 goals and more while playing for the Nerazzurri. 


“I want to reach 100 goals in an Inter jersey, even if becoming the club’s all-time top scorer would be frankly difficult to achieve,” the Argentine forward told the press, as quoted in ​Football Italia. 

Icardi has score 84 goals in 153 games for Inter with six goals in seven appearance so far in this year’s Serie A campaign. 

He expressed his gratitude in being apart of Inter’s top 10 record goal scorers, but believes he can achieve more with the Italian side.


“I am very happy to be in the top 10 scorers for this club, but it’s a long way off the top. In any case, my aim is to score many more goals for Inter.”

He believes his development as a striker comes from training every day and receiving help from the Inter staff.

“I work every day to improve and the staff here really help me. I try to get better every day and never stop. Every player can always improve, no matter his age or experience.

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“I am strongest inside the penalty area, but I do want to improve my overall game. My work has only just begun.”

Icardi is on-track for another double figures in goals this season, hopefully breaking his 100-goal record with the form his side are in. 

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3 Key Battles Which Could Decide Sunday’s Key Milan Derby at San Siro

As red prepares to do battle with blue at San Siro on Sunday evening, we look ahead to ahead to three key areas where the game will be won or lost. 

Inter have made the more impressive start, sitting third in the table and still undefeated, while Milan have stuttered in their rebuild and lie in seventh. However, as we all know, form goes out of the window come derby day. 

3. Leonardo Bonucci v Mauro Icardi

In a window where AC Milan acquired 11 new faces, it was the capture of Leonardo Bonucci which was most noteworthy. One of the most sought after defenders in Europe, accrued for a bargain price, seemed like the perfect piece of business to propel the Milanese sleeping giants back where they belong.

Fastforward two months into the season, and Milan fans are scratching their heads. Bonucci has looked a diminutive figure so far, compared to his all conquering days at Juventus. However, the Rossoneri faithful will be hoping that Sunday’s clash will reignite Bonucci’s flame. 

His task is not an easy one; Inter represents Milan’s sternest test to date, boasting a formidable frontline spearheaded by the prolific Mauro Icardi. The Argentine will be looking to inflict yet more pain upon Bonucci, after scoring an impressive seven times in nine games against Bonucci’s Juventus (his second best tally against sides in the Serie A). 

In essence, whoever comes out on top out of these two will go a long way in deciding the fate of the match as a whole.

2. Borja Valero v Franck Kessié

To summon in the new age of the Derby della Madonnina, fittingly the struggle in midfield will be between to new signings. However, that is essentially where the similarities end, apart from their shared ability to completely take over a game.

Borja Valero is the archetypal Spanish passing maestro. He purveys supreme distribution to his teammates with excellent technical skill, and can control the entire tempo of a game if he is permitted. He is also ageing, and has never possessed any kind of real pace.

Franck Kessié is a raw, dynamic and daring footballer. He is indeed a powerhouse in midfield, but also possesses an extraodinarily low centre of gravity, and thus an exceptional ability to weather challenges flying in before skipping past and launching an attack. 

A large factor in who controls the game on Sunday will be determined by how each team deals with the threats posed by these two almighty players. 

1. Vincenzo Montella v Luciano Spalletti

It’s fair to say these two managers know quite a lot about each other. Indeed, Milan coach Montella played under Spalletti for four years at AS Roma, during Spalletti’s first spell at the club between 2005 and 2009. 

Montella’s first real job in management was as interim manager for Roma at the end of the 2011 season, succeeding the man who had previously replaced the sacked Spalletti in 2009, Claudio Ranieri. 

Spalletti has faced his former player and one time predecessor three times in a managerial capacity, and has a 100% win record against him. What’s more, it is his Inter that go into this weekend as derby favourites, after picking up 19 points from a possible 21 in a competent start.

Certainly, it is still a work in progress, and he is still trying to imprint himself on the team and find his best XI, but he has been able to get results in spite of this. Compare this with Montella’s hesitant start to this campaign, not helped by a deluge of new faces to integrate and an owner anticipating success, and Spalletti looks to well and truly have the managerial edge. 

However, with rumours rife that Montella is running out of time to save himself, don’t rule out  the importance of this game for Montella’s camp as a factor in how his team well set up. Failure here may put him down an unsalvageable path, and there is no finer motivation than that. 


Inter vs AC Milan: Picking a Combined XI Ahead of Sunday’s Derby in Serie A

The Derby della Madonnina has been relatively insignificant, considering the history between the two sides, for the last few years now. But with both clubs now harbouring genuine hopes of regaining their place among the Italian elite, Sunday’s clash promises to be a must watch. 

Here is a combined XI of players from the two fierce rivals. 

11. GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma

The 18-year-old is an unbelievable talent considering his age, and has caught the eyes of all big clubs around the world with his assured performances & exceptional maturity. 

Whilst Samir Handanović has had a good start to this campaign with four clean sheets from seven games, it is the Italian who starts in goal in this XI. 

10. CB: Miranda

At 33 years of age, Miranda remains an integral player for both club and country. For Brazil, he is favoured ahead of big names such as Thiago Silva and David Luiz, both of whom cannot make the squad. 

Signing from Atletico in 2015, initially on loan, he has become a stalwart in defence and one of Serie A’s best. 

9. CB: Leonardo Bonucci

Although his life in Milan has got off to a shaky start, there is no doubt Leonardo Bonucci is still one of the best centre-backs in the world.

There is a reason so many clubs were willing to pay exorbitant amounts for the 30-year-old in the summer, and why Milan pounced at the chance to get him for a bargain €42m, even if it meant scuppering other potential deals they had planned. 

He can do things with the ball at his feet that no other players in his position can. 

8. CB: Milan Škriniar

The young Slovakian defender is still only 22 years old, but already looks like he has what it takes to become a world class centre-back. Bought in the summer for a bargain €23m from Sampdoria, he could become a San Siro legend.

Imposing on the pitch, and unforgiving in the tackle, he has also shown his subtlety at times in his first season with Inter, as well as admirable pace for a centre-back. 

7. CM: Franck Kessié

The Ivorian was one of the standout performers in Serie A last season, helping Atalanta to an unanticipated fourth place in the league. 

After catching the eye of several big names across Europe, it was seen as a coup when Milan agreed terms with him in January 2017. 

With two goals and an assist already this campaign, and some commanding performances, he has adapted well to life with the Rossoneri. 

6. CM: Borja Valero

The seasoned Spanish midfielder is yet another summer recruit to make it on this list, highlighting further the many moves made by both sides in the summer. 

Valero has brought a calmness and an assuredness to Inter’s midfield that has been sorely lacking in recent years. He is a true pass-master, and has pulled the strings with aplomb so far, lending a control to Inter that hasn’t been seen in a long time.

5. CAM: Suso

The former Liverpool man never made it at Anfield, but he has burst in to life since he put on the red and black jersey. The 23-year-old Spanish starlet was a shining light in an otherwise disappointing campaign last year for the Milan side. 

Despite a relative lack of game time considering his performances last season (mainly due to the integration of all the new faces at the club), he has still accrued three goals and four assists in 11 outings so far, and will look to impose himself in the derby clash on Sunday.

4. RW: Antonio Candreva

The industrious winger has established himself as an indispensable member of the Inter starting XI, playing in every single game for the Nerazzurri last season. 

Steadily linked with a move to Chelsea throughout the summer, it’s easy to see why Antonio Conte is such a fan of the Italian. He amassed a creditable six goals and 11 assists last year, but it is his versatility and willingness to sacrifice himself for the team that sets him apart. 

3. LW: Ivan Perišić

Ivan Perisic is one of the most devastating wingers in world football right now. He has an inate ability to score goals from anywhere, making him one of the most dangerous attackers there is.

Perenially close to a move to Old Trafford during the summer, Inter fans will be delighted to still have him on the books. He has played in every minute of Inter’s Serie A campaign thus far, and has a hand in six goals in the seven games.

2. ST: Mauro Icardi

The Argentine striker, already club captain at just 24 years old, is a talismanic figure at the club. The prolific forward tallied 24 goals last season, contributing six assists to further his development as one of the world’s most formidable strikers.

A fiery character, his combative nature has won him a plethora of admirers at  San Siro, as well as more than a few enemies within the ranks of the ultras, but he remains a totemic player for blue & black. 

1. ST: André Silva

The former Porto striker is one of the most highly rated young players in world football at the moment. Whilst failing to score thus far in the Serie A, he has been notably prolific in the Europa league for the Milanese giants; scoring six goals in six appearences. 

He has an exceptional scoring record for his country as well, with 11 goals in 17 appearances for Portugal. 

He has already been linked with Barcelona, after their director of football reportedly watched him in Portugal’s recent win over Andorra in the World Cup Qualifiers. 


Inter v AC Milan Preview: Classic Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More

​Inter face off with arch-rivals AC Milan this Sunday, in what promises to be one of the most exciting Milan derbies in a long time. The duo will face off at San Siro under Chinese ownership for the second time, with Inter the nominal hosts. 

The Nerazzuri have made an encouraging start to the season under new manager Lucanio Spalletti, and will be looking to continue that on Sunday, but Milan have looked far less assured, and after the 2-0 loss to Roma at home before the international break, manager Vincenzo Montella is under considerable pressure. 


The abundance of new faces to integrate has been a problem for the Italian, and he will be hoping the international break will have helped them to refresh so they can kickstart their season with a derby win.

Both harbour genuine hopes of emerging from the depths to challenge again this season, with Champions League football imperative for both clubs after being absent for far too long. It promises to be an intoxicating encounter.

Classic Encounter

With such a rich history, there have been so many classic games between these two over the years. 

From the infamous Champions League clash in 2005, called off when flares rained down on the San Siro pitch from Inter fans after a disallowed goal, one striking Milan keeper Dida, all the way to the pulsating 2-2 draw from last April – this fixture has had everything.

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However, a game that particularly resonates is Inter’s famous 4-3 win in 2006.

The action was played at a breakneck speed, as Inter raced to a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Hernan Crespo, Dejan Stankovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic before Clarence Seedorf replied. Materazzi then made it 4-1 as Alberto Gilardino and Kaka added late consolations. 

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Not only was this a spectacular game, it was also one of the most star-studded and anticipated in history. AC Milan boasted a fierce back line with Cafu and Nesta, as well Kaka in his prime and Pirlo behind him. 

Meanwhile Inter had an equally fearsome team; Javier Zanetti and Ivan Cordoba at the back, Patrick Viera in midfield and Ibrahimovic up front. An unbelievable collection of talent all round, summoning up extreme nostalgia for the glory days of Italian football. 


Inter are second in Serie A after an unbeaten start that has seen them pick up 19 points from a possible 21. While they haven’t been blowing teams away, and Spalletti is still experimenting with his team, they have been still been able to get the results to back it up.

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AC Milan have had a far more hesitant start to the season; seventh in the league table, having lost three of their seven games in Serie A. Their vast set of new players have had indifferent starts to life in Milan, and coach Montella will be hoping Sunday’s derby can coax them into life.

Team News

Inter playmaker Marcelo Brozovic picked up an injury during the international break with Croatia and won’t be fit in time for Sunday.

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For Milan, recent Turkish signing Hakan Calhanoglu will miss out through suspension after his red card against Roma, and Andrea Conti and Luca Antonelli both remain absent with injury.

Defender Mateo Musacchio picked up a knock in training, but is still expected to start for the Rossoneri. 

Predicted Inter XI: Handanovic, Nagatomo, Miranda, Škriniar, D’ambrosio, Vecino, Valero, Candreva, Joâo Mario, Perišić, Icardi.


Predicted AC Milan XI: Donnarumma, Romagnoli, Bonucci, Musacchio, Abate, Suso, Kessié, Biglia, Rodríguez, Silva, Kalinić.


There is no doubt that home team Inter are favourites going in, but form is usually irrelevant on occasions such as these. If Milan can win the midfield battle, and 20-year-old Franck Kessié can impose himself on the game, then they have a definite chance.

However, with new signings still acclimatising, and coming up against a settled Inter side that possesses a lot of firepower, you fear for the Rossoneri. 

Prediction: Inter 2-1 AC Milan

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Arsenal Target Man Olivier Giroud Targeted by Italian Giants After Finding Gunners Chances Limited

Olivier Giroud could be close to leaving Arsenal for an Italian club, after losing his place in the Gunners’ starting XI to new signing Alexandre Lacazette.

According to CalcioMercato, the French forward – who has been a Gunner for five years, but has failed to start a league game so far – could be on the verge of switching to either Juventus or Internazionale.

During the summer, the 31-year-old came close to joining Everton but eventually chose to remain at the North London outfit for another season. 

Since his arrival at Arsenal from Montpellier, Giroud has scored 100 in 237 appearances and won three FA Cups. However, the threat of becoming Arsene Wenger’s backup choice might make him change his mind. 

The reigning Serie A champions are reportedly keen on signing him as a potential replacement for Mario Mandzukic, who, despite recently renewing his contract until 2020, is rumoured to be up for his final season in Turin. 

Giroud would represent a valid alternative to Gonzalo Higuain, who has looked off his peak fitness in the first part of the season.

On the other hand, Giroud could also have the option of playing under Luciano Spalletti and alongside Mauro Icardi, as Inter’s second forward. The Nerazzuri would benefit from the Frenchman’s thirst for goals, as they only managed to net 14 times in Serie A so far. 

Italy, however, may not be the only option for Giroud, if he decides to move on from England with French sides Lyon and Marseille both having shown interest towards him. This could be a chance for the 31-year-old to return to his homeland, after moving to the UK five years ago.

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Tom Ince Admits Disappointment at Failed Liverpool Move & Reveals Why He Turned Down Inter

​Ex-Liverpool starlet, Tom Ince has admitted that he was disappointed after a move to former club Liverpool was blocked by Blackpool’s owners in 2013. 

Ince, now at Huddersfield Town, was impressing for the Seasiders at the time, but claimed that the owners refused to sell him back to Brendan Rodgers’ Reds due to financial reasons.

Reflecting on the failed move, Ince told the Telegraph: “Liverpool was very close but the Blackpool chairman did not want to be out of pocket because Liverpool owned a percentage of the sell-on fee.

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“He made it difficult and they would not let me go. That was disappointing because I felt I would have been given a chance under Brendan Rodgers.” 

Thanks to Ince’s form, he then found himself on Inter’s radar, a club that his father, Paul, played for between 1995 and 1997. It would have been a big step up for the now Huddersfield winger, but he opted to stay in England to establish himself in the Premier League.

He added: “When Inter were interested in me I stood in the San Siro and the English boy inside me told me to go to the Premier League.”

Instead, Ince endured failed moves at both Crystal Palace and Hull City, where he believes the systems played at both sides didn’t suit his style of play. 

“I had a taste of the Premier League with six months at Crystal Palace but it did not work out. Tony Pulis played a different way and I did not suit it,” he says. 

“At Hull it was similar. I started the first few games but then the manager went a different way.”

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However now, the 25-year-old has found himself playing under a manager who believes in exciting football – something Ince can get on board with.

“David Wagner is unique. He is detailed and thorough and you see the Dortmund way in him. He wants entertainment and excitement and players to enjoy the game and express themselves.” 

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