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san-siroAfter nearly a year and a half from the first meeting between Erick Thohir and the Milano region Mayor, a new meeting occurred last week in the hall of meetings on the first floor of Palazzo Marino.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Thohir expressed his desire to remain in the San Siro and started negotiations with the city council to transform the San Siro into an Inter Milan exclusive facility which will only be available from 2018, the year when AC Milan are set to depart to their new stadium, the Inter President has until the summer to decide what route he will take.

Mancini regrets starting Podolski

podolskiRoberto Mancini “regrets” starting Lukas Podolski rather than Xherdan Shaqiri in Inter’s defeat to Fiorentina.

Mohamed Salah secured the 1-0 victory at San Siro this evening, despite the Viola ending with nine men due to injuries.

“We knew Fiorentina were a great team and this was a very balanced encounter. They got the goal and we had chances to equalise.

“We were a little hesitant at the start and that was perhaps the only real problem I saw,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We weren’t aggressive enough against a Fiorentina side that passes the ball well. We hoped to do more in attack in the first half, but there weren’t many chances.”

interfans2Inter filed to capitalize on Napoli‘s defeat on Sunday and instead of closing the gap to third place to seven points, the Nerazzurri lost 1-0 at home to nine-man Fiorentina on Sunday.

There are ebbs and flows to a season but this was the opportunity for Inter to put pressure on the teams above them, especially Napoli. Instead Inter gave that momentum to Fiorentina who are now within three points of Rafa Benitez’s side.

Inter’s setback left them in eighth, 22 points behind Juventus and left Roberto Mancini lamenting missed chances.

Fassone: ‘Wolfsburg tough tie’

Inter director Marco Fassone admits that Wolfsburg were ‘one of the strongest in the draw’ after drawing them in the Europa League.

The Nerazzurri face the German side in the Last 16 of the competition, with the first leg at Volkswagen Arena on March 12.

“We’re superstitious, we made sure not to touch the trophy!” Fassone said in an interview with Mediaset after the draw.

“Wolfsburg are a tough opponent, one of the strongest in the draw, but not a frightening one. This shows that the Europa League is growing.

“[Roberto] Mancini is a winning Coach, recent results show we’re on the right path.”

Official: Inter sign Felipe

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Inter have officially completed the signing of former Parma defender Dias Felipe on a free transfer.

The Brazilian central defender rescinded his contract with the Ducali, and has been training with the Nerazzurri for the past few weeks.

It was thought that his signature was dependent on progress in the Europa League, and after a 1-0 victory over Celtic last night, the club has confirmed his signature.

“FC Internazionale are pleased to announce the signing of Felipe Dias da Silva Dal Belo,” the Beneamata confirmed on their official website.

Thohir On The Importance Of The Inter Academy

new-inter-badgePresident Erick Thohir has dinner with the Inter youth squad and speaks of his global vision for the club’s academies.

The Nerazzurro youngsters won the Coppa Carnevale on Monday last week and have already received compliments by senior Coach Roberto Mancini, among others.

Thohir met with the squad for dinner last night and released some statements to Inter Channel on the way.

“I like being here in Appiano,” he said. “Winning this Cup is a source of pride for us.

“I hope our Academy can keep developing like this.

shaquri-interInter winger Xherdan Shaqiri believes that his side won’t make the same mistake of underestimating Celtic in their Europa League return leg on Thursday.

The Nerazzurri led 2-0, and then 3-2, in Glasgow but failed to take a lead back to the Giuseppe Meazza for the second leg, with only away goals keeping the advantage with Shaqiri’s side on a 3-3 aggregate.

“We made a big mistake against Celtic- and we will not be making the same one in Italy,” the Swiss attacker told the Daily Record.

Mancini: Icardi can be world’s best striker

icardi-goalInter coach Roberto Mancini has backed in-form striker Mauro Icardi to become one of the world’s best strikers over the next 10 years.

The Argentine has 19 goals to his name in all competitions this term, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year.

Ahead of the second leg of Inter’s last-32 Uefa Europa League clash with Celtic on Thursday, Mancini feels Icardi still has even more to offer.

“He can still improve a great deal because he’s so young,” the former Manchester City boss told reporters.

Inter Squad For Europa League 2nd leg

celticvinterInter Coach Roberto Mancini calls all the regular starters for tomorrow’s match against Celtic, but leaves full-back Dodo home.

The Nerazzurri will be in full force for the Europa League Round of 32 second leg, including goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, who will be returning after the 3-3 first leg was left to Juan Pablo Carrizo.

The only absentee will be Brazilian Dodo, who is out for an injury to his right thigh.

Inter squad for Celtic:
Handanovic, Carrizo, Berni. Juan Jesus, Andreolli, Campagnaro, Vidic, Santon, Ranocchia, D’Ambrosio. Kovacic, Guarin, Kuzmanovic, Medel, Obi, Hernanes. Palacio, Icardi, Puscas, Shaqiri.

Inter are not yet a one-man team that relies on Mauro Icardi for goals and assist, but they are becoming one as Icardi is developing into one of the best young strikers in Europe. Since signing for Inter in 2013, Icardi  he has made 54 appearances, scoring 28 goals over the past two seasons.

This season Inward has almost single handled dragged Inter back into the top six, as his 14 league goals are more than Kovacic, Guarin and Palacio combined.

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