coppa-italiaThe 2014-15 Coppa Italia draw has been made and we have the potential of a Derby della Madonnina semi-final with Roma v Juventus a potential semi-final on the other side of the draw,

The draw is a tennis-style table with the top eight seeds (Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter, Parma, Torino and Milan) entering in the Round of 16.

The first round is on August 10, the second on August 17, the third August 24 and fourth on December 3.

The Round of 16 is on January 14 and the quarter-final on February 4.

Inter Announce USA Tour Squad

by David on July 24, 2014

Inter USA TourInter have confirmed the 26 players that will travel out to the United States later today for their pre-season tour.

The Nerazzurri play Real Madrid in Berkely on July 26, Manchester United in Washington on July 29 and Roma in Philadelphia on August 2 as part of their participation in the International Champions Cup.

The squad that will fly out later today and then base their training preparations from Washington, has now been announced.

Including a number of youngsters, Walter Mazzarri will be able to work further with new signings Nemanja Vidic, Dodo and Yann M’Vila, whilst Fredy Guarin will join the party out in the States.

Will Inter Land Javier Hernandez On Loan?

by David on July 20, 2014

Javier-HernandezIf there is one constant with Inter‘s transfer dealings this summer it is that the club don’t want to spend money on transfer fees. They want to take players on loan with an option to buy. One such target is Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier Hernandez who has been linked with a move to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza for over a year now.

Hernandez made just 6 Premier League starts last season at United under David Moyes and Ryan Giggs, and is not part of United’s USA tour. His lack of playing time at Old Trafford cost him his starting role in the Mexico side at this summers World Cup and he wants to play on a regular basis. Something that is unlikely to happen in England.

Interview With Yann M’Vila

by David on July 19, 2014

mvila-interIt was the transfer that seemed to drag on for ever, but finally Yann M’Vila was unveiled at the Stadio La Pineta in Pinzolo after this morning’s training session and here are some of his comments:

“I’m going to give everything I’ve got for Inter. I see the club has big plans, they want to get back to the top and that’s exactly where I want to be.”

So what made him choose Inter despite having better offers on the table?

“It’s not just about the money but what the team can offer you on the pitch. Inter is a massive club and when I heard they were interested in me I jumped at the chance.”

Andrea-Ranocchia

Inter captain Andrea Ranocchia claims the Nerazzurri are eager to begin the season and shake off the doldrums of the last three campaigns which have seen the storied San Siro club finish no higher than fifth place in Serie A.

Coach Walter Mazzarri appointed the 26-year old defender to take over the captain’s armband from club legend Javier Zanetti and the centre back is intent on rewarding the club’s faith.

“We have a tremendous desire to equal the feat of the heroes of Inter’s triplete”, Ranocchia said in an interview with SportItalia referring to the 2009/10 team under Jose Mourinho.

Ranocchia Thrilled To Be Inter Captain

by David on July 17, 2014

Andrea Ranocchia, in his first match of the season as the new Nerazzurri captain, responded to questions from journalists in the mixed zone of the Stadio La Pineta after Inter v Trentino Team.

Andrea, does the shirt weigh on you more when you wear the captain’s armband?

“No, but we can say it brings more responsibility. I’m ready and I’m glad the coach and club have chosen me for the role. I want to continue with what Pupi has done. I’ll honour the shirt as I’ve always done, and I hope we can reach our objectives.”

Guarin To Juve Will Not Go Away

by David on July 12, 2014

Guarin-InterWhile most of the attention has been on Inter‘s incoming midfielder players like Yann M’Vila, at some point Inter have to turn their attention to who will be leaving.

Top of that list will be Fredy Guarin, as his potential move to Juventus continues to make headlines.

It looks like Juve are getting set to sell Arturo Vidal to Manchester United and when that happens I expect them to make a offer for Guarin of around €15 million.

Inter are desperate to get rid of Guarin’s high wages and according to an article in “Tuttosport” Inter have offered Guarin to almost anyone in Europe who would listen.

erick-thohir2Inter President Erick Thohir says it will take two to three years before the club are at the level he wants them to be.

“My objective is to take Inter back to competing in Europe,” Thohir is quoted as saying by FcInterNews.it.

“The directors and I, however, know full well that we will need two or three years to build a team that will be able to compete at that level.”

Thohir then revealed that Inter were his team of preference even before he took over at San Siro.

“Inter, incidentally, were one of the teams that I followed most and that I was passionate about.

Il biscione e l'fc internazionaleInter sporting director Piero Ausilio spoke to Sky Italia last nigth after travelling up to the team’s pre-season training camp in Pinzolo from Milan.

It’s a busy period with lots of negotiations ongoing. Have you been able to find a bit of time to speak to Andrea Ranocchia after Walter Mazzarri promoted him in his press conference yesterday?

“I’ve said hello to him as I have with all the others but no, we haven’t had time to talk yet. There’s no problem when both parties want the same thing.”

Il biscione e l'fc internazionaleTwo more players have been linked with Inter today as the club continues its quest to rebuild its midfield and add a another striker.

The midfielder is Real Madrid‘s Asier Illarramendi, who is another defensive minded player. Now Inter are set to sign Yann M’Vila and have been strongly linked with Chilean midfielder Gary Medel so it is unclear whether Illarramendi is in additional to these two players or whether he is a fall back in case one of them falls through.