Roberto Mancini has confirmed he’ll be ‘100 per cent’ staying at Inter Milan next season, and has urged his transfer targets to join the Serie A side.
Recent rumours have linked Inter with moves for Mateo Kovacic, Mehdi Benatia, Felipe Melo and Yaya Toure, amongst a whole host of other players.
The Nerazzurri are playing their final game of the season on Sunday against Empoli at 19:45 United Kingdom time, with the game being played at the San Siro.
“The transfer market is fundamental, but I will 100 per cent remain at Inter,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We all want to reinforce the squad and that is extremely important. I think President Erick Thohir will do everything possible to take Inter back to the top. I have a lot of faith and am sure this will happen.
“It’s a shame the current campaign is ending, because we don’t have any more time to climb the table. It’s always disappointing to look back and see the wasted opportunities.”
With Lukas Poldoski being rumoured to be heading back to North-London are rejoining Arsenal following his 6-month loan spell in Italy, Inter have turned their attention to Kovacic according to football-italia.com
“At the moment Kovacic is certainly at the centre of our project for next season. Then, as I said, it’s not easy to understand the future. We want to build a strong team.
“It won’t be easy to get Benatia, as Bayern Munich won’t want to sell him. I can say he is very talented.
“As for Felipe Melo, I have an excellent rapport with him and he has changed from the man he was before. However, he plays for a big club and it’s up to Galatasaray.
“It was an honour to work with Podolski. It takes time to settle when changing countries. I thank him, as he always did his best.”
This week Yaya Toure’s agent changed his tune, declaring he was “too important” for Manchester City to let go, but Mancio isn’t buying it.
“I don’t know the situation with Toure. When we get some clear responses than we’ll understand if we’ve got a chance of getting him or not.
“With all these issues it’s not easy to convince some players who really make the difference to come here without Champions League football.
“Inter remain Inter, the history of the club speaks for itself and therefore players always like this club. We are seeking important players.
“This has been a negative season, this is football, but we have still improved since I arrived, regardless of the results.”
Despite it being small, there’s still a chance that Inter could climb into 7th spot in the Serie A table, meaning they’d qualify for Europa Leauge football next season because of Genoa not being able to produce a UEFA licence.
Sampdoria have to lose at home to Parma who have already been relegated, and Inter beat Empoli – Inter find themselves in Europe.
“If Sampdoria go into Europe, it will mean they deserved it.”