'I have faith in Icardi,' insists Inter boss Mancini

The Argentine was benched for last weekend’s trip to Roma, with Pablo Daniel Osvaldo starting in his place, but the Nerazzurri coach has great confidence in the 21-year-old

Inter boss Roberto Mancini has the utmost faith in Mauro Icardi’s ability to become a “top-class centre-forward” and revealed that the Argentine will start up front against Udinese on Sunday.

Icardi was dropped to the bench for last weekend’s Serie A trip to Roma, with Daniel Pablo Osvaldo starting in his place and netting a goal in the Nerazzurri’s 4-2 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, Mancini has dismissed speculation that he does not rate Icardi, explaining that he merely wanted to give the 21-year-old a rest.

“Icardi will start against Udinese,” the former Galatasaray boss told reporters on Saturday. “I went with Osvaldo against Roma because he was fresher but I have faith in both him and Mauro.

“I think Icardi can develop into a top-class centre forward. As I said, I have great confidence in him.”

Mancini, of course, is only in the early stages of his second spell in charge of Inter, having spent four years at San Siro between 2004 and 2008.

The ex-Italy international oversaw three Serie A title triumphs during that time but his current focus is on the Nerazzurri’s upcoming games, against Udinese, Qarabag and Chievo.

Still, Mancini is in no doubt that he can bring the glory days back to San Siro.

“Our target at the moment is to do as well as possible in the next three matches,” the 50-year-old added.

“We did make some mistakes in Rome but I think we’re on the right path and I’m sure things will start to pick up.

“I came here to get Inter winning again and to build a great team.”

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