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Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has done away with the rumours that manager Andrea Stramaccioni could be replaced at the end of the season by confirming that the former youth team manager will remain at the helm next season as well. A run of poor results since January has left Inter Milan fighting to finish even in the Europa league places. Hence, there has been wide spread speculation that Stramaccioni could lose his job before the end of the season. Massimo Moratti, though, has today confirmed that Stramaccioni will remain as the Inter Milan manager next season.
Inter had been linked with several managers like José Mourinho and Roberto Mancini in the last few months. Since winning the Champions League title in 2010, the team has been on a downward spiral. The club has been trying to rebuild and it has been a period of transition. They are looking on course to be without the Champions League football next season as well. However, Moratti has confirmed that Stramaccioni is going to remain as the manager next season. The president, though, has backed previous managers like Roberto Mancini only to end up sacking them. However, he has said that they were done in a different situation and it will not be repeated with Stramaccioni.
“The project will start again with Stramaccioni. You always ask me whether he’ll stay and I always tell you yes. It is not easy to plan for the future if your computer has a virus, when you have had as many players injured as we have, but we are thinking about next season and doing that well. Zaccheroni and Mancini were different situations. Roberto decided to leave and then what happened then happened. We needed to look for a new coach even if Mancini had done really well and we therefore went to Jose Mourinho,” said Moratti.
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Inter Milan almost have no possibility of getting back into the Europa league after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham in the first leg according to the defender Cristian Chivu. Inter Milan were paired alongside the English club Tottenham in the last 16 stage of the competition.
Tottenham have been one of the inform team’s over the last few weeks, and they demonstrated their superior advantage by managing a 3-0 win. This victory almost puts them in the quarter-finals of the competition, while almost eliminating the Italian club. Even though the Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni has spoken with confidence that they can turn around the deficit, Chivu reckons that it is almost an impossible task. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Italian club Inter Milan recently sold the star midfielder Wesley Sneijder after the Dutchman failed to agree new terms with the club. The 28-year-old was an instrumental part of the 2010 success for the club, but he has not been given the great departure everyone would have been hoping. Sneijder has now completed a move to the Turkish club Galatasaray. He was on a contract worth around € 6 million per season, and it is understood that Inter Milan wanted him to agree a contract for around € 4 million per season. Due to his refusal to sign this new contract, the club decided to remove him from first-team action immediately.
Left with no other option, it is thought that Inter Milan accepted a fee of around £ 8 million for the midfielder. The defender Cristian Chivu has said that he will not criticise the midfielder for not accepting a lower pay scale. Yet, the Romanian has said that it is undoubtedly a sensitive issue. He has said that it is extremely hard for some players to switch from a contract earning a higher amount of money to one that offers them a lower level of pay. The Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni, meanwhile, praised the former midfielder for his contribution to the team.
“It is a sensitive issue. Some players were offered a contract on a certain amount of money and so it is hard for them to switch to a contract running for the same period but with the amount reduced. I don’t judge people in this situation. People react differently to these situations,” said Cristian Chivu. “I thank Sneijder for what he gave me on the pitch. I hope the rest of his career goes very well for him,” said the Inter Milan manager Andrea Stramaccioni.
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Inter Milan are set for a tough test this weekend in the form of the match against Roma. The club are currently fourth in the Italian Serie A table, but they have fallen behind the leaders Juventus and Napoli in recent weeks. The team has managed just two victories in the last five matches, which has been the reason for their slight dip in the table. They will be coming up against a Roma team, who have also been on a poor run of form recently after three defeats in the last four matches, during the weekend. The Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu feels that his teammates are ready for the encounter.
Inter Milan have a six-point advantage over Roma and Chivu is extremely confident that the team can get three points from this encounter. He has spoken about the tactics adopted by Roma under their new manager Zdenek Zeman. Chivu has said that Inter Milan need to be aware of the spaces left by the attackers, which are exploited well by Roma. Psychologically, Inter Milan will have a disadvantage in the match after they have suffered at the hands of Roma earlier in the season. They were beaten 3-1 by Roma in the reverse fixture.
“We are going to Rome to win this game because it is essential that we bag the full three points. They are a team in good shape, but we want to climb as high as possible. Roma are not easy to beat. They attack the spaces and get in behind you. They have players who always seem to find the right pass at the right time,” said Cristian Chivu, who recently extended his contract with the Italian club. His future was under a cloud of doubt only recently, but he has been able to agree to a new contract.