Suits You! Luciano Spalletti Jokes Man Utd & Real Madrid Target’s Best Look Is in Inter’s Stripes

Internazionale boss Luciano Spalletti has weighed in on the speculation hovering over Argentinian forward Mauro Icardi’s future, by joking that the player looks best in Inter’s famous stripes as opposed to any alternatives.

Club captain Icardi – who is currently second only to Ciro Immobile in Serie A’s scoring charts – has become one of Europe’s most feared strikers over the last few seasons, and his continued goal return has prompted some of the continent’s biggest clubs to monitor his performances. 

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Premier League side Manchester United are believed to be very interested in signing the 25-year-old, as well as Champions League holders Real Madrid, yet Spalletti doesn’t reckon (fashion aside) that Icardi is interested in a move.

The striped shirt is better on him than those that are solid colours,” the manager quipped, following questions over the striker’s future, via the Mail.

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“He is the type of character who can make a difference,” he continued. “He’s not someone who would like to make a move without making his mark on this team.”

The under-fire coach was also quizzed over his own future at the club. And while he acknowledged that anything is indeed possible with regard to his stay at San Siro, Spalletti reiterated his own commitment, claiming he’s keen to stay on “as long as possible.”

“My future? Stock is taken at the end of the season and that’s when the numbers and analyses come out, which can change anyone’s mind,” he added.

“I work every day with the utmost commitment to stay at Inter for as long as possible, maybe even achieving something important.”


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Inter Forward Gabriel Barbosa Thriving From Loan Spell at Former Club Santos

Santos forward Gabriel Barbosa, currently on loan from Inter, is thriving at his old club but says he will return to Inter and respect his contract with them.

Speaking to ?SporTV, ‘Gabigol’ reflected on his time in Europe, talking about the things he learned and his motivations upon returning to Brazil.

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Santos is the club Barbosa started his career at. The 21-year-old made 154 appearances for the Brazilian side, scoring 56 goals before his impressive performances caught the eye of managers, scouts and sporting directors across Europe.

?“Although I did not play so much, I learned a lot: from eating habits to lifestyles, I shared the dressing room with great players, I met new cultures and learned a new language, Italian, Inter I have a contract with them, I will be back soon,” Barbosa said.

Barbosa is on loan at Santos until the end of the season. He was signed by Inter back in 2016, for 27m, but has only made 10 appearances for the club. After an unsuccessful loan spell at Portuguese side Benfica, where he only played five times, Barbosa is currently in fine form in his loan spell at Santos. His desire to succeed in his home country is apparent.

“I arrived hungry with the intention of helping the team, the three goals in three games, I’m just a few games in, I always want to play, if I’m on the beach I will just watch football. The team is very important for me, we are trained by a great coach and I want to give my contribution”.


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Lazio Confirm Star Player Will Leave for Free This Summer Amid Liverpool & Man Utd Interest

?Lazio director Igli Tare has confirmed that the club have withdrawn their contract offer to defender Stefan de Vrij amid reported interest from clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Barcelona.

Juventus and Inter have also been linked with the centre-back, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Lazio have been in negotiations for months over a new deal, but it appears De Vrij’s future could lie elsewhere.

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“Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij,” Tare told Mediaset Premium – via ?Football Italia.

“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on. It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

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“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that as well as what he’ll do until the end of the season. He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.

“It’s a matter of fairness. This is not the opportune time to give the reasons for this decision, but we had to give a response and we gave it this evening.

“It is better to look forward, as Lazio are a side who have grown in recent years and will continue to grow, because we certainly do not lack players.”

Lazio turned down offers believed to be around €12m for De Vrij last summer and during the January transfer window.

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Giacomo Bonaventura Believes AC Milan Can Haul Back Bitter Rivals Inter in Serie A

?AC Milan and Italy midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura believes his side can catch bitter rivals Inter in the Serie A table. 

After a slow start to the season following a summer of heavy financial investment, the Rossonari are now on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions after their 1-0 win against Samporia on Sunday, with Bonaventura himself scoring the winner. 

The result now sees Milan a mere seven points behind their inner-city rivals in a bid to secure European football for next season, and after speaking to Mediaset Premium (?via Goal), Bonaventura thinks Milan can now catch Inter in 4th place.

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He said: “We are happy, we’re doing well and there’s a great atmosphere within the team. We must continue like this. We’re in good shape and the results are coming.

“I’m happy for the goal, but the whole team is moving in sync now. We are a team now with a good mix and you can tell.

“If we play like this, we can catch Inter in the table, even if we lost a lot of ground early on.”

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The turnaround in form is largely in part to the appointment of former Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso as manager in late November following the sacking of Vincenzo Montella.

The Italian has only lost three of his 16 games in charge and alongside their improved league form, are a game away from a Coppa Italia final whilst all but qualifying for the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. 

Next for Milan is the second leg their last 32 tie against Ludogorets after a comfortable 3-0 win in the first leg, before a tough game in Serie A against AS Roma this Sunday. 

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Inter Boss Luciano Spalletti Under Pressure After Suffering Disastrous Genoa Defeat

?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti says the board will decide his future and denies rumours of a rift between himself and the club’s hierarchy after Saturday’s defeat.

?The Nera?zzurri suffered a meek 2-0 defeat to Genoa after a toothless performance at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris; a result that could see the side drop out of the top four if Lazio should beat Verona on Monday.

Inter have now won just one of their last ten matches in all competitions this term, killing any hope of winning the ?Serie A and putting a UEFA Champions League return in doubt, as further pressure is heaped on Spalletti.

“The relationship isn’t creaking, but that doesn’t mean the club are not analysing my work or that they don’t make decisions,” the former Roma coach told Rai Sport (via ?Omnisport).

“The board will assess me as normal. We are in a difficult position to make judgements because, during a season, there are more changes among coaches than journalists.”

Miranda stand in Andrea Ranocchia put Genoa ahead on the day with an unfortunate own goal before former Inter forward Goran Pandev sealed victory after the interval. The Italian centre back has since spoken out, revealing:

“When it happens, it happens, and I can’t do much about it, I think one own goal out of 186 games isn’t that bad. It was a fast-paced move, Milan [Skriniar] tried to clear it and the ball just hit my knee at the precise angle to go in like that.
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It’s disappointing but that isn’t the problem here.”


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