For many fans and pundits, it wasn’t a surprise as the Romanian international saw his stock with Inter-Milan declined over the years following his series of injuries that had rendered him a shell of the player that fans grown to admire for his all-action shows for the club.
The 2010 Champions League winner started his professional career with two clubs in his country (Universitatea Craiova and Resita), where he developed defensive prowess. Chivu got a transfer to Dutch giants Ajax shortly before celebrating his 19th birthday in 1999. At Ajax, under manager Ronald Koeman, who later appointed him the club captain, he started to establish himself as a free-kick prodigy, something that would later come in handy at various points in his career.
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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has said that he is committed to the three-year project with the club. The Nerazzurri produced a solid challenge for the Serie A title during the first half of the season, but their performances dropped following the turn of the year. Hence, they were always playing catch-up to the Bianconeri for the Serie A crown and lost out on the Scudetto with two games to play.
Speaking after the club’s 2-0 win over Atalanta in the final matchday, Conte said that he has always committed to a three-year project and he is prepared to work harder in his second season with the club, he told: “I am committed to a three-year project with Inter and, as I always have done in my life, I will work hard and fight with all my strength and everything in my power to make it a winning project.”
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Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has said that the club is not going to give up on their goal to win the Serie A title. Inter is currently placed at thirds position from six points behind the first positioned Juventus. The comeback match from the three-month-long break was against Sampdoria which they won for 2–1 on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez teamed up well in the match. Inter has definitely improvised from their loss to Napoli in the semi-final of Coppa Italia.
Conte in the news conference said that in Sunday’s matchtheir main aim was to win and close the gap of six points between the first position. The team is believing that they want to achieve something extraordinary.
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Former Racing Club manager Fabio Radaelli has said that Lautaro Martinez should make the switch to Barcelona to work with the world-class Lionel Messi. The Argentine is currently in his second season with Inter Milan following the move from Racing and he has been in good form with 16 goals and four assists from 31 appearances.
Speaking to Toda Pasion, Radaelli was pleased with Martinez’s progress with the Nerazzurri but believes he could find it hard to turn down a move to the Spanish champions, he told: “I believe that those of such quality can play anywhere. Lautaro is a player for the big leagues.I liked it when he went to Inter, I felt that he was going to an ideal place because there is Javier Zanetti, who works very well, I know him and I know the human quality he has because we were partners at Banfield. With him, Lautaro was going to feel content but the truth is that when one is linked with Barcelona, a club related purely and exclusively to Messi, a player from another planet, it seems that one forces themselves to go there.”
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Former Inter Milan star Luis Figo has heaped praise on striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been the leading goalscorer for the Nerazzurri this term. The Belgium international made the move to the Nerazzurri from Manchester United last summer and he has since proved a quality purchase, having already contributed 21 goals and five assists in all competitions.
In an interview covered by Goal.com, Figo said that Lukaku has had a fantastic season with the San Siro giants and believes the markman could aid the Nerazzurri’s chances of winning the Scudetto, he told: “He has been fantastic this year. He is happy, and I think you notice it. He scores a lot, it helps if the team is solid and believe in their chances of winning the Scudetto. There are many differences between Serie A and the Premier League, but he doesn’t surprise me. When you have a sense of goal like that, you will always score, even if you play in China.”
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Inter Milan centre-back Stefan de Vrij has said that he has transformed into a better defender than he was at the 2014 World Cup, where the Netherlands progressed until the semi-final stage. The 27-year-old has dropped down the selection order for the national team over the past year and he is currently behind Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt for a central defensive role.
Speaking to reporters, De Vrij stressed that he has evolved since the country’s participation at the 2014 World Cup and he must remain positive to pounce on any opportunities with the national side, he told: “I feel that I am a better defender than at the 2014 World Cup when I was a starter. I must remain positive, always do my best and wait for my chance to impress.”
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Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has happened to dismiss the club’s title prospects by stating that both Juventus and Napoli are better than them. The Nerazzurri started the season on a strong note with six victories on the bounce but their winning streak was halted with a defeat to Juventus before the international break.
In an interview covered by Tuttosport, Conte said that the Nerazzurri fans need to be realistic over the ambitions and both Juventus and Napoli are better equipped to compete for the title, he told: “I think believing costs nothing for Inter fans, Napoli and other teams. Then you have to be objective and to look at reality.
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Inter Milan face Barcelona in the Champions League in what promises to be a classic between two of Europe’s biggest giants. The Catalan giants will be entering the match as the favorites despite their unconvincing draw in the opening game away to Dortmund.
Inter Milan have looked rejuvenated this season under manager Antonio Conte who has been able to revive the fortunes of the Italian club. They have been perfect in the Serie A run as they look to end Juventus’ dominance.
However facing Barcelona at the Nou Camp is a different battle to that of the Serie A. The last time that Inter Milan had any meaning full impact in the Champions League they were able to bank on a strong defence,
The likes of Christian Chivu, Walter Samuel, Lucio, and Javier Zanetti were the bedrock for the treble-winning team. Antonio Conte has a similar defence with Diego Godin, Milan Skriniar and De Vrij excellent players alongside the experienced KwadwoAsamoah.
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Chile international Alexis Sanchez has said that Romelu Lukaku played a role in convincing him to join Inter Milan during the summer transfer window. The marksman had endured a frustrating 19-month spell with Manchester United and that contributed towards the move to the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan.
Speaking to Sky Italy, Sanchez said that he is happy to make the return to the Serie A and will seek to end the Nerazzurri’s eight-year wait for the league title. He added that former United teammate Lukaku influenced his decision to join the San Siro giants, he told: “I am happy to return to Italian football, then we will see. I want to do only the best for me, for the team and for the Inter fans.
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Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has admitted that the players are disappointed after the Europa League exit but they must regroup and concentrate on the top four race in the Serie A. The Nerazzurri suffered a surprise 1-0 aggregate defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt during the round of 16 stage of the Europa League and this ended the club’s prospects of qualifying for the Champions League by winning the competition.
Speaking to reporters, Spalletti acknowledged that there was plenty of sorrow following the unexpected defeat to Frankfurt, where Luka Jovic’s sole goal at the San Siro made the difference. He added that the team must dust off the disappointment and concentrate on the finishing as high as possible in the Serie A.
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