Mancini never supported Shaqiri – Matthaus

The former Inter player hit out at the coach for not allowing him to show his abilities in Serie A following his move to San Siro in January

Lothar Matthaus has criticised Inter coach Roberto Mancini for a lack of support for midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international has been heavily linked to a move away from the Serie A side despite only arriving from Bayern Munich in January.

Shaqiri started only eight of the 15 league games in which he featured in the second half of the campaign and Mancini has suggested he could be sold this summer.

Matthaus, though, believes the 23-year-old has been treated unfairly by the coach.

“If you don’t get the trust of the coach, you cannot show anything,” Matthaus told Blick. “It’s like with any player. Mancini did not give any support to Shaqiri. He gave him no confidence.

“If you sign a player, you have to let him play. If the coach does not help you adapt to the team, then you will fail.

“Shaqiri could not show what he can do. With his quality he has to a regular at Inter, there’s no question about that.

“I don’t understand it. Mancini wanted him, then he does not favour him. If I were a director, I would ask the coach why exactly he did that.”

The former Inter and Bayern player feels that the handling of Shaqiri has been symptomatic of the issues that are to blame for the Italian side’s poor results in Serie A over the last two years.

“It fits the lack of concept in football in Milan. What’s going on at Inter, for the last two years, is shameful.”

And he believes it would be ideal if Schalke, who are said to be interested in signing Shaqiri, came in for him this summer, suggesting they could get rid of problematic midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng to accommodate him.

“Schalke’s general manager Horst Heldt has made ​​some mistakes in the past. He shopped for big names instead of talent. Shaqiri has character. If he were to go from Inter to Schalke, it would be a win-win-win situation for all three parties.

“Maybe it would be enough to get to Boateng off the payroll to allow them to bring Shaqiri in. Boateng is a guy who is willing to sit in the stands all year just to collect his wages.”

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