Miranda: Inter must return to Champions League

The defender has outlined the club’s primary target for the season after Roberto Mancini’s side finished eighth last term

Brazil defender Miranda says Inter must return to the Champions League this season.

The defender joined the club from Atletico Madrid in early July and is one of seven new arrivals at San Siro this summer.

Inter finished eighth and 32 points adrift of champions Juventus in 2014-15, but Miranda insists he had no hesitation in joining the club, regardless of their recent struggles.

“Coming to Inter was an easy decision to make because this is a great club – [that is] motivation enough for anyone,” he said.

“Roberto Mancini was a major factor in my decision to come here. He’s a top coach.

“I’ve been brought in to help tighten up at the back and I’ll put everything I have into it.

“It’s a new-look defence and it will take a while to get used to playing together. Communication is key. My fellow defenders have all got different attributes but the ones I’ve seen so far are good.

“Getting into the Champions League is our first target. If we can do even better than that, great. 

“Let’s think positive. It’s still pre-season and conceding goals now is not a problem. We need to work.”

Miranda also backed fellow Brazilian Felipe Melo to make a big impact at San Siro if he joins from Galatasaray.

“Felipe Melo is an excellent player. We’ve played together before, he will be a great addition if he joins us.”

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