Zanetti wants Simeone back at Inter

The former right-back played alongside El Cholo at San Siro and in international colours, and believes he would be a great future choice to take over the Nerazzurri

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti would welcome the return of Diego Simeone as head coach in future.

The Atletico Madrid coach played alongside his compatriot at San Siro for two years, and was part of the side that lifted the UEFA Cup in 1998.

Reports in Italy have suggested that current boss Roberto Mancini is under threat of the sack, with Simeone – who has said it would be “a dream” to take charge at Inter during his career – touted as a potential replacement.

Zanetti was keen not to discuss the prospect of a replacement but feels a reunion with Simeone could be on the cards at some stage.


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“Roberto Mancini is our coach at the moment, and out of respect for him, I won’t speak about other coaches,” he told La Nacion.

“In future, however, I can imagine Simeone and Inter will meet again.”

Simeone has enjoyed remarkable success with Atletico since taking charge in 2011, winning LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, as well as reaching two Champions League finals.

Speculation has persisted that Mancini has become frustrated with a lack of transfer activity at Inter and could step down, while his relationship with president Erick Thohir has reportedly soured.

Former Ajax boss Frank de Boer is among the favourites to take charge should Mancini depart.

Icardi not for sale at any price, insist Inter

Piero Ausilio, the Nerazzurri’s sporting director, insists any amount of money Napoli offer for the Argentine attacker will be snubbed by the San Siro outfit

Inter intend to build their squad around Mauro Icardi and have no intention of letting the striker leave for any price, according to Piero Ausilio.

Icardi has been linked with a move away from Inter ahead of the 2016-17 Serie A campaign, with Napoli reported to be leading the race for his signature and speculation was only intensified when the Argentine was not involved in Monday’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli’s interest comes amid Gonzalo Higuain’s seemingly imminent move to Juventus, but Inter director Ausilio has warned Icardi will not be his replacement at San Paolo.

“Icardi will remain at Inter, our position is very clear,” he told Fcinternews.it. “It’s not a question of money, it doesn’t matter what Napoli can offer us.



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“Our plan this summer is to reinforce Inter and to do that we’re keeping hold of Icardi and our best players regardless of the figures offered. Icardi does not have a release clause and we do not want to sell; simple.

“There’s no problem between us and Icardi, he’s working very hard. He has been with us for years and become captain of a team with a glorious past. We have always been attentive to his needs and always renewed his deal at the right time.

“Many people are forgetting that we have already signed three players [Caner Erkin, Ever Banega and Cristian Ansaldi] of international pedigree and will do more still.”

Vice-president Javier Zanetti echoed Ausilio’s sentiments and stressed the importance of Icardi remaining focused on helping Inter.

“Icardi is very young and has great potential. He must keep thinking about playing, nothing more,” he said.

“The intention is for him to stay with us. We renewed last year, adjusting the contract and giving him the captain’s armband.”

PSG tougher under Emery – Lucas Moura

The Brazil international says the Ligue 1 champions are already getting used to the new coach’s demands and feels they have improved since his appointment

Lucas Moura says new coach Unai Emery has made Paris Saint-Germain a tougher side who are better at winning back possession.

Emery replaced Laurent Blanc as head coach in June, having guided Sevilla to a third Europa League title in a row, with PSG aiming to add European glory to their unrivalled domestic dominance.

A 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over Inter showed signs that PSG are already beginning to develop under their new boss.

And Lucas feels they could benefit from a tougher approach and working harder without the ball in the coming campaign – qualities he suggests they lacked under Blanc.


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“I think that we’ve started to do things that the new coach asks of us,” he was quoted as saying by L’Equipe . “Our team is a bit different this season. We’re a bit tougher.

“We played a good match, I’m happy.

“Everyone wants to see a good PSG this season. We’re working hard tactically and positionally. It’s very intense. You saw that against Inter.

“As soon as we lose the ball, we try to get it back as soon as possible. That wasn’t the case before, and it was a problem.”

Inter yet to approach De Boer with Mancini exit rumoured

The Nerazzurri boss was noncommittal over his future at the San Siro side, while the Dutchman’s agent says the club have not contacted his client

Frank de Boer is yet to be approached by Inter, as Roberto Mancini’s future at the club swirls into further doubt.

Inter were taken over by Chinese investors in early June, although Mancini has reportedly grown frustrated at a lack of investment in his playing squad as he attempts to take the San Siro side back to the top of Italian football.

Speaking after Inter lost 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in the International Champions Cup on Sunday, Mancini failed to commit his future to the club he led to Serie A glory in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“Nothing has changed compared to two days ago, the situation is normal,” said Mancini. 


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“We’ll see over the next few days. My meeting with [president Erick] Thohir? There’s nothing to clarify on the subject.”

De Boer is one of the more high-profile free agents on the coaching market after he left Ajax, and was linked with the job at Everton before the appointment of former Netherlands team-mate Ronald Koeman.

Italian media have heavily linked the Dutchman with replacing Mancini, but his agent Guido Albers says an approach is yet to be received.

“We have not heard anything from Inter,” Albers told Voetbal International.

“It’s a nice club, but we can only wait at the moment. It is quiet around Frank at this time.”

Inter 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Aurier & Kurzawa give Emery's men the win

The two defenders supplied the goals for the French champions in their International Champions Cup clash against the Nerazzurri, who briefly levelled through Jovetic

Serge Aurier’s brace and Layvin Kurzawa’s free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over Inter, who had a noticeable absentee in the form of Mauro Icardi.

Argentine striker Icardi is reportedly in talks with Serie A rivals Napoli over a switch to Stadio San Paolo as they make contingency plans with Gonzalo Higuain seemingly on his way to Juventus.

In his absence, Stevan Jovetic was partnered with Rodrigo Palacio up front at the Autzen Stadium in Oregon, and it was the former that levelled from the penalty spot after Aurier capitalised on a Samir Handanovic error to open the scoring.

Handanovic failed to cover himself in glory again when Kurzawa put the Ligue 1 champions back in front with a second-half set-piece before Aurier’s second three minutes from time completed the win.

It was a deserved win for PSG and new head coach Unai Emery will certainly take positives from the movement and vibrancy his side showed in attack.

PSG went ahead in the 14th minute when Hatem Ben Arfa – signed on a free transfer this month – saw his tame free-kick spilled by Handanovic and Aurier tapped in the rebound.


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Inter enjoyed good moments in possession and Jovetic saw a free-kick well parried by Alphonse Areola, before the striker dragged a 20-yard effort wide of the right-hand post.

Some slack defending from Andrea Ranocchia allowed Maxwell an opportunity, but Handanovic was out quick to tip over the top.

And Inter were level by half-time when Lucas Moura was punished for handball in the area, Jovetic clinically smashing his spot-kick into the top-right corner.

Jovetic tested substitute goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a stinging 25-yard effort after the break, while at the other end Aurier almost fluked one in from a right-wing centre that hit the crossbar.

PSG did re-take the lead in the 61st minute, though, as Kurzawa’s free-kick found the bottom right-hand corner with Handanovic again perhaps feeling he could have done better.

It should have been all over with 15 minutes remaining when Edinson Cavani turned sharply in the area, but the Uruguay striker was unusually wasteful and curled his shot wide.

But the win was duly wrapped up when Aurier rose highest to head home Alec Georgen’s cross.