There continues to be a lot of speculation about the future of Inter boss Roberto Mancini, but one person firmly in the corner of Mancini is midfielder Felipe Melo.
Melo, who arrived in Milan under Mancini’s watch, is glowing in his praise of the former Manchester City boss.
“Beyond what happens externally we are comfortable,” he told reporters. “We head here and we have to work, it’s nice to give confidence to those who are working.
“I came here because Inter is one of the most important clubs in the world and for Mancini, who works so hard and is the first to suffer when we do not win. It is right that he remains with us.
Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio on Monday reaffirmed what Inter has been saying for months now. Mauro Icardi is not for sale.
The media went into hyperdrive on Sunday with the news that Napoli wanted the Inter captain to replace striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is set to join Juventus.
“We had a meeting with Napoli, certainly, but we’re not going to give him to them,” Ausilio told FcInterNews. “It’s not about the money. There’s no negotiation, we’re going to keep Icardi because we mean to reinforce the team and that’s done by keeping the top players.
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This Roberto Mancini situation has to get resolved this week one way or another as it is threatening to destroy the season before it even begins.
To recap, Mancini met with Inter President Erick Thohir and chief executive Michael Bolingbroke over the weekend. According to Corriere dello Sport the meeting did not go well.
To paraphrase the conversation Thohir told Mancini to get in line with the philosophy of the club and that if he did not believe in the current project, then he was admittedly free to go. Mancini responded by saying that club is not doing a good job in the transfer market and the gap with the leading clubs has not been closed.
For all the mixed messages that have came out of Inter this summer, the club have been crystal clear on one topic. Captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi is not for sale.
May 31 president Erick Thohir:
“Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,’ he said.
July 11 sporting director Piero Ausilio:
“Icardi signed a new contract a year ago, we’ve made him our captain and he’s not for sale. Anything else is just talk.”
July 17 Erick Thohir:
Roberto Mancini’s showdown meeting with Inter President Erick Thohir and chief executive Michael Bolingbroke In Oregon did not go well, and has left the Inter boss reassessing his position at the club. Mancini is expected to meet with representatives of Suning in New York this week, but at the moment is is even money whether he is even the manager when Inter take on Estudiantes in New York on Wednesday.
At the heart of the dispute between the manager and the club is the direction of the club. Mancini is in the last year of this contract and wants a new deal. Plus he has been challenged by the club to finish in the top three this season.
Inter boss Roberto Mancini showed the press on Sunday night that he is not happy with the club’s summer transfer activity.
Mancini met this weekend with President Erick Thohir and chief executive Michael Bolingbroke to discuss the Nerazzurri’s summer transfer activity or lack there off.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Mediaset Premium, Sportitalia and Calciomercato.it, Mancini did not get the answers or reassurances he was looking for during the meeting and that he is considering handing in his resignation.
So it was a tense Mancini who met the press after the PSG defeat, where he was asked about possible transfer dealings. Mancini is usually very open on these matters but his responses were very terse curt saying:
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Amidst the backdrop of their coach possibly quitting this week over this summer’s transfer activity, and their captain being strongly linked with a move to Napoli, Inter were soundly beaten 3-1 by PSG in the second match of their USA Tour. The graphic shows how badly PSG dominated the match.
For the second game running Stevan Jovetić got on the scoresheet, this time from the penalty spot to make the score 1-1 at half-time.
This is the part that really frustrates me over transfers. When clubs act small and try and save what is a relatively small amount of money so they can say they got the better of the deal. Just leave the egos at the door and get the deal want.
This is exactly what Inter are trying to do with Lazio over winger Antonio Candreva and if they are not careful they will lose him. Everyone knows that Lazio want ‹25 million for the winger. We have all known that for weeks.
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Unlike other domestic cup competitions the complete Coppa Italia draw is made at once, so after the draw on Thursday we know the Nerazzurri’s potential match ups as the competitions progresses,
The Nerazzurri enter the cup competition at the Round of 16 due to their participation in the Europa League side.
Inter were seeded third behind Napoli (1) and Roma (2) and ahead of Juventus (4), AC Milan (5), Lazio (6), Sassuolo (7) and Fiorentina (8).
The way the draw is set-up, Inter are in the half of the draw that contains Lazio, Roma and Sassuolo. Inter’s potential match-ups are against Lazio in the quarter-finals and the Roma/Sassuolo winner in the semi-final.
Former Inter President Massimo Moratti says that he hopes that captain Mauro Icardi stays but “it depends on what the lad wants”.
The striker’s wife and agent, Wanda, reportedly met with Arsenal this week about a potential move, while Juventus have also been linked.
“I think a lot will depend on what the lad wants,” Moratti acknowledged in an interview with FCInterNews.
“I hope that the club will make it so that they can keep him, because he’s a great striker. So I’d keep him, but just if he’s happy to wear the Nerazzurri colours.”