Mancini will make me better, says Kondogbia

The 22-year-old midfielder says the coach was one of the main reasons he chose to join the Nerazzurri, as he feels he will get the best out of him


Geoffrey Kondogbia believes Inter coach Roberto Mancini is the man who will help him improve as a player and reach his potential.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined the Nerazzurri in a €35 million deal from Monaco in the summer after impressing in Ligue 1, rejecting the choice to join AC Milan in order to team up with the former Manchester City boss. 

Kondogbia says he is still happy with his choice to move to Inter as he believes it is the ideal place for him to develop as a player.

“I’m just starting to get to know Serie A, the coach and the team,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “But Inter was the best choice for me. 

“I think this is the best place for me to grow and improve. Mancini can get the best out of players, I can tell. Mancini knows how to make me better. 

“I’m honoured that he chose to sign me. He helps young players develop and improve and that was a big factor in me choosing Inter.”

The France international admits that he is not finding it easy to adapt to the Italian top flight and feels he is playing a different role than he was at Monaco.

“Serie A is a lot more tactical, there are a lot of teams who concentrate on defence, and that makes it harder to build your own play and find the space to score.” he said.

“I’m playing in a position that I know well. It’s different to my role at Monaco, but it allows me to improve the defensive side of my game.

“We’ve been solid in the two games so far, so we have to keep working.

“We’ve got a lot of new players, so the team needs time to gel so we’re all as one. We’ve started well, and I hope we can continue on this path.”

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