Mazzarri Happy With Win And Performance

by David on August 21, 2014

mazzarri-newWalter Mazzarri was understandably satisfied after an efficient Inter display in Reykjavik saw them triumph on an away trip that had all the makings of the proverbial banana skin.

Speaking to Inter Channel and the gathered journalists following tonight’s 3-0 win at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, the Nerazzurri manager explained:

Convincing Away Win In Europe For Inter

by David on August 20, 2014

Mauro-Icardi-InterMauro Icardi, Dodo and Danilo D’Ambrosio gave Inter a 3-0 away win at Stjarnan in the Europa League play-off.

The Nerazzurri went into this first leg against Icelandic club Stjarnan, the lowest ranked side still in the competition. Rodrigo Palacio was ruled out by injury, so Ruben Botta supported Icardi and Dodo shook off flu symptoms to start.

Despite it kicking off at 21.00 local time, there was bright daylight in Rekjavik and a temperature of around 7C.

Within two minutes Icardi’s header from a corner had skimmed the crossbar. Hernanes blasted over from distance and a Botta drive was easily smothered.

Will Inter Spend Big For Andre Ayew?

by David on August 18, 2014

new-inter-badgeReports out of Ghana suggest that Inter are interested in signing Ghana winger Andre Ayew from Marseille for between €8-10 million.

Ayew has been linked with a move to city rivals AC Milan, but no bid has been made and reports now are that Inter are poised to snatch the Ghana international from under their noses.

He was one of Ghana’s star performers at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where the African crashed out in the group phase.

Palacio-InterAfter a meeting between the technical and medical staff where Rodrigo Palacio was also present Inter has decided that the Argentina striker is not fit enough yet to take part in Inter’s upcoming Europa League match against Stjarnan. As a result, Palacio has been replaced by Zdravko Kuzmanovic in the Inter squad.

Updated Inter squad to face Stjarnan:
Samir Handanovic, Jonathan, Juan Jesus, Marco Andreolli, Daniel Osvaldo, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Mauro Icardi, Mateo Kovacic, Ricky Alvarez, Fredy Guarin, Nemanja Vidic, Ruben Botta, Joel Obi, Dodò, Andrea Ranocchia, Giacomo Sciacca, Matias Silvestre, Juan Pablo Carrizo, Danilo D’Ambrosio, René Krhin, Tommaso Berni, Isaac Donkor, Yuto Nagatomo, Hernanes, Yann M’Vila, Davide Costa, Andrea Palazzi, Federico Bonazzoli

Interesting comments from the agent for Ruben Botta. Sergio Levinton is set to meet with Inter sporting director Ausilio this week to discuss his client’s future and ahead of that meeting, Levington had some words with the reporters at FcInterNews.

After a good pre-season, have you already decided the future for Botta?

“I am happy that Ruben has been able to play these games on the tour and also score in the match against Eintracht. Slowly, with the passing each match, he is raising his level of play. We did not talk after the match, we only agreed to meet tomorrow and define the situation of Ruben.”

Welcome To Inter Gary Medel

by David on August 17, 2014

medel-interI thought this deal had been closed days ago, but on Sunday Inter confirmed the signing of Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Cardiff City.

A statement on the Inter website said:

FC Internazionale announce that Gary Medel has been signed from Cardiff City FC. The Chilean midfielder has signed with the Nerazzurri on a four-year contract. Already with the first team, Medel has worked out several times at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti in Appiano Gentile, and is now at the service of coach Walter Mazzarri.

Sky Impressed With Inter’s Summer Signings

by David on August 16, 2014

Silvia Vallini on Sky analyzed the importance of this transfer market is to Inter and how that four of the five signings have impressed so far in the preseason.

Vidic is now the heart at the center off the Inter defence, and with Ranocchia and Juan Jesus, that back three looks a lot more solid than it did a year ago.

In midfield, Medel appears to be the perfect replacement for Cambiasso, although the jury is still out on him and he is behind the rest of the squad from a fitness perspective. M’Vila though has already added a bite tho the midfield that was lacking last season.

Hernanes: ‘Stjarnan can hurt Inter’

by David on August 16, 2014

Hernanes warned Inter not to underestimate Europa League opponents Stjarnan.

“Anyone can hurt you.”

The Nerazzurri travel to Iceland for the first leg of their play-off on Wednesday evening.

“It will require great concentration,” the Brazilian told Inter Channel.

“The results I saw in Brazil over the last few days were shocking. You must give it your all in every match, otherwise anyone can hurt you.”

Inter have struggled in recent friendlies, losing 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt and drawing 0-0 with PAOK.

Rolando Wants To Return To Inter

by David on August 16, 2014

It is reported that Rolando has turned down a move to Galatasaray as he wants to return to Inter instead.

The Brazilian spent last season on loan with the Nerazzurri from Porto, with his performances being largely impressive.

This has led to the San Siro side being keen to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent basis, though a deal is still yet to be tied up.

According to a report by Sky Sport Italia, Inter want to let go of duo Matias Silvestre and Hugo Campagnaro before making a decisive move for Rolando.

Juve offer Gio plus cash for Guarin

by David on August 15, 2014

Juventus have offered Inter €5m plus Sebastian Giovinco for Fredy Guarin, reports in the Italian Press claim this afternoon.

Corriere dello Sport lead with the revelation that the Bianconeri have tabled a bid for the Colombia international, that includes the diminutive goalscorer going the other way.

Giovinco has found playing time hard to come by in Turin, and the Old Lady would be willing to see him leave.

The paper believes that Massimiliano Allegri’s have included him in a bid for Guarin, but the offer is likely to be rejected.