Kondogbia reveals Mancini phone call

The midfielder admits the coach’s intervention saw him choose Inter over AC Milan

Geoffrey Kondogbia has revealed a phone call from Inter coach Roberto Mancini convinced him to join the club in a €40 million deal from Monaco.

The France international underwent a medical on Monday after signing a four-year deal worth €4 million a year on Sunday, having originally appeared set to join AC Milan.

However, Kondogbia said the intervention of Mancini persuaded him to choose the Nerazzurri over their arch-rivals.

“It’s a real pleasure for me and I hope we can achieve big things together,” he told the club’s television channel. “I spoke with Mancini a week ago. 

“What he said really convinced me – I don’t think you can say no to a club like Inter.”

Kondogbia made 66 appearances for Monaco following his move from Sevilla in 2013, but reveals he wants to stay at Inter for many years.

“Being a part of this great team is a dream come true,” he added. “I want to be here for as long as possible. 

“As a kid I used to watch Inter play on TV, and now I’m joining this huge club. I will give my all.”

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