Chelsea miss out as Brozovic extends Inter stay

Inter have agreed a new two-year contract with the midfielder that ensures the Croatia international remains at San Siro for the time being

Chelsea have received some bad news on their transfer hunt as Marcelo Brozovic has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Inter until 2021.

The 24-year-old arrived at San Siro on loan from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2015, with the Serie A side having since taken up their obligation to sign him permanently.

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Under the terms of his previous deal Brozovic was tied to the club until 2019, but Inter have moved early to extend his stay in Milan.

Brozovic has made 11 appearances in all competitions for Inter this season, scoring twice and providing two assists.

BREAKING: Marcelo #Brozovic has signed a contraction extension until 2021! #ForzaInter #FCIM

— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) December 7, 2016

The Croatia international had been the subject of a transfer bid from Antonio Conte’s side in August, but agent Miroslav Bicanic admitted that he was happy to stay in Serie A.

“Yes, it is official Brozo will stay in Inter,” he told Goal. “Otherwise, he would have been on the plane to London and not with national team in Sisak. After he returns from Croatia, Marcelo will sign a new, improved contract with Inter.”

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Having made eight league appearances for Stefano Pioli’s side this season, Brozovic will continue to play for Inter, meaning Conte will have to turn his attentions elsewhere in the transfer window.

Pioli not concerned by Simeone's Inter comments

The new Nerazzurri boss is determined to pull his side out of their current funk, and is not thinking about the possibility of a former hero returning

Stefano Pioli is not concerned by Diego Simeone’s desire to coach Inter in the future and is focused on revitalising their fortunes this season.

The current Inter boss has come under pressure as the Nerazzurri have been dumped out of the Europa League and are struggling down in 10th in Serie A.

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To add to that pressure former Inter midfielder Simeone – along with his son Giovanni – has reiterated his desire to return to the club where he won the UEFA Cup as a player in 1998.

His interest does not worry Pioli, though, and he has told the Atletico Madrid manager to focus on his own team, rather than looking into the future.

“I just think about the real situation,” Pioli told a media conference.

“That [situation] is that I coach Inter and he coaches Atletico. We both have to stay focused and concentrate on our work.

“I’m the coach of Inter and I’m focused on my work here. I’m determined and keen to be successful, along with my team.”

#Pioli looks ahead to #InterSpartaPraga: “We must get straight back to winning ways” #UEL #FCIM

— F.C. Internazionale (@Inter_en) December 7, 2016

Inter are already guaranteed to finish bottom of Group K after a miserable European campaign, so Thursday’s home clash with Sparta Prague – who will finish top – is a chance for Pioli’s squad to restore some pride.

“This match is an opportunity for us to return to winning ways and honour a continental competition,” he added.

“We are disappointed to have missed out of qualification because it’s a prestigious trophy and the team put a lot of effort in last season to achieve European football.

“I believe in the team and we have the potential to be successful. We have to work hard and give 100 per cent until the last.”

Arsenal receive boost as Gabigol agent hints at Inter exit

The Gunners could be in line to seal the Brazilian on a loan move after the player’s agent indicated he was not happy in Serie A

Arsenal target Gabigol is “not happy” due to a lack of playing time at Inter, according to the player’s agent.

The 20-year-old, who has been labelled as the ‘next Neymar’ after moving to Europe from Santos, has played just 16 minutes of Serie A football this season.

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Gabigol was left on the bench at the weekend as Inter lost 3-0 to Napoli and is eager to move away from Stefano Pioli’s side to get more match experience.

The forward’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, revealed that he is likely to leave in January, with Premier League giants Arsenal among the sides linked with the Brazil international.

“Gabriel is not happy at the moment,” Ribeiro told Radio Bandeirantes

“It’s not a case of being in conflict with his team-mates; the problem is that he never gets a chance to play. In January we want the situation resolved.

“Just before he left, Frank de Boer said there was no problem but now with Pioli the situation is the same. If he doesn’t get a chance to play when his team are 3-0 down to Napoli, when will he get a chance?”

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Ribeiro confirmed that there has been interest from clubs in Brazil, but indicated that Gabigol is likely to stay in Europe if he leaves the San Siro outfit on loan in the January transfer window.

“This possibility exists and he could return to Brazil in 2017, even if that would be seen as a step backwards,” Ribeiro continued. 

“There is, however, the situation concerning the non-EU slot that Gabriel takes in the team. If he goes out on loan to Brazil they would lose this place so it would be easier for him to head out to another club in Italy.”

Simeone: Some day I will coach Inter

The Argentine has never hidden his hopes of taking over at San Siro at some point, and his words were echoed by his son who expects a move to Italy

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says there is no problem with his son Giovanni stating he will coach Inter in the future because he has often spoken of a desire to lead the Nerazzurri later in his career.

Simeone has made no secret of the fact he plans to return to San Siro to coach a club he represented as a player and with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 1998.

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Giovanni, who plays for Genoa in Serie A, told Onda Cero last week that he expects his father to move back to Italian shores in the future.

And the Simeone senior defended his son’s comments at a news conference ahead of Atleti’s final Champions League group stage game against Bayern Munich.

“It is normal that my son, my father, my sister, my wife would say that I will train Inter in the future, because they know someday I will lead Inter,” he said.

However, Simeone insists that does not place his immediate future at the Vicente Calderon in doubt, adding: “I have nothing to say about my future. It is abundantly clear.”

When Atleti travel to the Allianz Arena, Simeone will come up against a familiar foe in Carlo Ancelotti, who led Real Madrid to Champions League glory at Los Rojiblancos’ expense in 2014.

Bayern have not been firing on all cylinders under Ancelotti, though, and cannot overhaul Simeone’s men at the top of Group D, while they trail surprise package RB Leipzig by three points in the Bundesliga.

But Simeone rejected suggestions Ancelotti is facing a crisis.

“I do not think they’ve had a crisis,” he said. “During the season there are always difficult situations.

“Sometimes you and sometimes you lose touch. Knowing Ancelotti, I have no doubt that they will fight for the Champions League.”

De Boer: Nobody is in charge at Inter

The Dutchman was fired after just 85 days of his spell in charge of the Serie A side and has opened up about what is going on in the hierarchy

Inter are in complete disarray and lacking leadership in the club’s hierarchy, according to former coach Frank de Boer.

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De Boer was hired as Nerazzurri coach in August as Roberto Mancini’s replacement less than two weeks before his side’s first game of the season. The Dutchman was sacked just 85 days into his three-year deal, with Inter languishing in 12th place in Serie A at the time.

Stefano Pioli has been appointed as De Boer’s successor, but Inter’s struggles for form and consistency continue as they were humbled 3-0 by Napoli on Friday, while the Milan side are also out of the Europa League.

De Boer has criticised Inter for their lack of patience and organisation, insisting they need to evaluate the situation carefully.

“It’s very simple. Internazionale have Chinese people who are the boss, an Indonesian chairman and then there is the board of directors, which are all Italians,” De Boer told Ziggo Sport.

“They all have the power, but none of them really has the power. That is the biggest problem of Internazionale.

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“They seem to really like this situation, but first there ought to be a good look at internal organisation.

“Everybody wants to get back at the top, but that takes time. Look at Napoli, who are playing Champions League now. But it took them eight years to reach that level. At Inter they wanted to be at the top in two weeks and it just doesn’t work like that.”