Javier Zanetti: Mauro Icardi deserved to go to the World Cup

Inter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has said that club-captain Mauro Icardi deserved to go to the summer World Cup with Argentina after another solid season with the Nerazzurri. The Argentine striker notched 29 goals for the San Siro outfit during the 2017/18 campaign and his efforts played a huge role in the club securing Champions League qualification after a six-year wait.
As such, Zanetti has admitted that Icardi deserved to make the World Cup squad for Argentina irrespective of him being the first-choice or not, he said: “Mauro deserved to be at the World Cup, beyond everything he has done for Inter during these years. He scored more than twenty goals a season in recent years, then he made himself ready for the national team when called upon: he deserved a chance, even if not as first choice. He has been left feeling bad about it as he hoped right until the very end that he would get a chance.”

Meanwhile, there have been reports in the Argentine press suggesting that the move was influenced by non-footballing reasons but Zanetti has rebuffed the claims by suggesting that manager Jorge Sampaoli made a ‘purely technical decision’ to go with the experience of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain upfront.

Inter Milan boss confirms intention to sign Rafinha on a permanent deal

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has confirmed his desire to sign Rafinha on a permanent deal at the end of the season. The Brazil international joined the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan from Barcelona last summer with the option to buy for €35m.

Speaking ahead of Inter’s final game of the season, Spalletti admitted that he is open to the possibility of extending his stay and the same goes to several other players within the squad, he said:

Rafinha Wants Inter Milan Stay Irrespective Of Champions League Football

Brazilian footballer Rafinha is reportedly keen to remain at Inter Milan next season, according to his father. The midfielder has grown into his game since his loan move from Barcelona last summer and his father Mazinho, a former Serie A player himself, believes the Nerazzurri are the perfect club for his son to progress.

Inter Milan Boss Disappointed With Torino Defeat

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has admitted that the Nerazzurri could not produce their best performance as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Torino. Adem Ljajic scored the only goal of the game during the first period, and this saw the Nerazzurri drop out of the Champions League positions with seven games to play.

Joao Mario Does Not See Himself Playing For Inter Milan Again

Portugal international Joao Mario has suggested that Inter Milan are part of his past as he looks to revive his playing career. The Euro 2016 winner struggled to gametime during the first half of the season with the Nerazzurri, and this urged him to join the Hammers on a short-term loan in January. The midfielder started his Hammers career in a relatively strong fashion, but over the past month, the fans have slated his showing on the playing field.

3 Games to make the Champions League

Inter Milan have three games to go in their Serie A campaign, and they have a four-point gap to close if they are to make the Champions League. Right now, they sit fourth with 66 points, but to reach the Champions League next season they have to finish in the top four, which means catching either Lazio or Roma, who both have 70 points going into this weekend.

The climax of the Italian league at the top will be all about this battle as the title looks all but set to go to Juventus. The giants of Italian football are 1/25 to lift the title in the latest Serie A betting after building a four-point cushion over their only remaining rivals Napoli. With that battle almost certain to be over by the time we reach the final weekend, all eyes will be on Inter Milan and their quest for fourth place, something which looks set to go down to the wire.

Rafinha has no plans of making Barcelona comeback

Brazilian footballer Rafinha has revealed his desire to sign a permanent deal with Inter Milan at the end of the current season. The 25-year-old joined the Nerazzurri on a short-term loan from Barcelona last month, though the Italian side have the option to buy him outright for €38 million in the summer.

Rafinha made his maiden league start for Inter during their 2-0 win over Benevento, and shortly after the game, he highlighted his ambition to remain with the San Siro outfit, he said: "Of course, that’s what I want. I did not come here thinking that I will recover my form and go back to Barcelona. I want to stay here, then all else will depend on Inter. I feel good, I’m finding the right rhythm, I’m happy with my condition and I’m adapting."

Walter Sabatini dismisses Joao Mario exit talk

Inter Milan sporting director Walter Sabatini has denied suggestions that the club could offload the services of Joao Mario during the winter transfer window. The Portugal international is of interest to both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain with the former looking to sign in a potential swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Speaking on Sky Sport Italia, Sabatini talked about the importance of Mario in the Nerazzurri setup, and he is confident that manager Luciano Spalletti will resolve the player's situation at San Siro, he said: "As with all those who have to earn their place at the World Cup, Joao has some issues with the lack of playing time. We don’t want to lose him, so he and Luciano Spalletti will find common ground and they’ll work out what to do. He is our player and we want to keep him."

Luciano Spalletti backs Carlo Ancelotti to Italy job

Inter Milan head coach Luciano Spalletti has reportedly ruled himself out of the reckoning for the Italian national team job. However, the former Roma manager feels Carlo Ancelotti could the ideal choice for the position following his recent dismissal at Bayern Munich. Speaking on the club's official website, the 58-year-old said: "I want and have to work well for Inter. For the future, I could see Ancelotti doing well, he has the charisma and experience, while everyone is aware of his work. You need to aim for the best and he is the best."

Italy parted ways with Gian Piero Ventura earlier this month after they were surprisingly ousted by Sweden in a two-legged World Cup playoff. The East European nation took a handy 1-0 lead in their home leg and they managed to hold on in the reverse fixture to progress to the World Cup finals. As a result, the Azzurri will not be participating in the World Cup for the first time since 1958, and it brought an end to a generation of superstars including Gianluigi Buffon, and Daniele de Rossi who called time on their international careers.

Inter Milan defender rules out move to Barcelona

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has dismissed the ongoing speculation linking him with a switch to Barcelona. The Slovakia international joined the San Siro outfit from Sampdoria in the summer for €23million, and he has since cemented a regular spot alongside Miranda at the heart of the backline.

The 22-year-old has played every minute of Serie A action for the Nerazzurri, who are currently lying third in the league standings, just two points adrift of table-toppers Napoli. His form has captured the attention of a whole host of clubs including Barcelona, whose sporting director Robert Fernandez has been keeping a close watch on the Slovakian's progress in the Italian top-flight, Mundo Deportivo claims.


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