Ivan Perisic expects more from new signings for the 2018/19 season

Croatia international Ivan Perisic is expecting good things for the 2018/19 season with the club making neat progress in terms of their transfer business. The Nerazzurri managed to qualify for the Champions League after a six-year wait after peeping Lazio to the fourth position last term and Perisic is now looking forward to the new campaign with plenty of promise.

Speaking to Fox Sports Asia, he said: “Now, I’ll go on holiday and then my season will start. I hope to do good things this season. I’m a World Cup runner-up, but in order to win things this season, we need a lot of players. We need the team to pull together and we need more this season even from the new players [like Kwadwo Asamoah] because we’re playing in the Champions League. I send my best wishes to all the lads who have joined us and already started working.”

Former Liverpool ace talks up Ivan Perisic’s quality

Former Liverpool midfielder Igor Biscan has talked up the qualities of Ivan Perisic after his standout performance against England during the second semi-final of the World Cup. The Croatians found themselves 1-0 down to the Three Lions within the fifth minute of the game but he managed to comeback and win in extra-time after a goal and an assist from Perisic.

Speaking to Betstars, Biscan heaped praise on his compatriot and highlighted that the qualities on display at the World Cup were the ones which attracted interest from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho last summer, he said: “It says a lot about a player when Jose Mourinho wants to sign them. Ivan Perisic certainly has enough quality to play there [at Manchester United]. Similar to Rebic, he is very direct, very strong and he can score goals with both feet. He provides guaranteed quality and it wouldn’t take much for him to adapt his game to the Premier League. Croatia’s attacking-minded players will be a real handful.”

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.

Speaking on FC Inter News, he said: “Everything depends on what Inter want to do. Whether they qualify for the Europa League or Champions League is irrelevant. For me, it makes sense for the Nerazzurri to keep such an important player like Rafa.He is young and has a big future ahead of him. All of us are happy in Milan at the moment, but we must wait.Does he wants to stay? Absolutely, we’re very happy at Inter. The team are giving value to his football.”

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.

Speaking after the game, Spalletti admitted that the Nerazzurri were not in the best of form despite having numerous attempts on the opposition goal, he said: “Sometimes, things just do not go your way no matter how hard you work. Today we didn’t move the ball around enough, and we wasted energy chasing down their counter attacks. We needed to show more aggression in recovering the ball after we lost it and we should have kept Torino pinned in their half. We tried today, but, there is always in an opponent to overcome to get a result.”

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."


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