Mancini rules out Brozovic exit amid Arsenal rumours

The Inter coach says the midfielder has “incredible quality” and would like to see the expiring contracts of Yuto Nagatomo and Rodrigo Palacio extended

Roberto Mancini says Inter have no intention of selling Marcelo Brozovic amid reported interest from Arsenal.

Brozovic joined Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2015 on a one-and-a-half-year loan deal with a conditional obligation to make the move permanent and he has since developed into an important player for the Serie A leaders.

The Croatia international’s good performances have not gone unnoticed elsewhere and he has been linked with a move to Arsenal despite the Gunners’s interest in Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

But Mancini told a press conference: “Brozovic is integrating very well and has incredible quality. We have no intention of selling him.”

The former Manchester City coach does not expect to be able to strengthen his squad this month, however, due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.

“To improve a team you need to spend money,” he said. “But I don’t think that’s an option because of Financial Fair Play.”

As a consolation for the lack of new arrivals, Mancini would like to see the club extend the expiring contracts of Yuto Nagatomo and Rodrigo Palacio.

“Palacio and Nagatomo are both fantastic professionals,” he added. “If it were down to me I would extend their contracts.”

Inter hold a one-point lead over Fiorentina and Napoli at the top of Serie A and resume league action on Wednesday with a trip to Empoli.

“We need to produce a great performance on Wednesday,” Mancini said. “Empoli are going well and it will be a tough match.

“Who’s starting tomorrow? Samir Handanovic, Miranda, Jeison Murillo, Gary Medel and Adem Ljajic will all feature from the start.”

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