Inter Milan have appointed a new manager to lead the helm at the San Siro, in the form of Luciano Spalletti.
The ex-Roma manager has signed a two-year deal with the club, and hopes to bring a much-needed upgrade to put up a fight for the Serie A title. He led Roma to a very respectable second position on the table last season, having managed the team for only 16 months.
Soon after the new manager was revealed, the 58-year-old announced a shocking statement: Ivan Perisic is free to leave the club.
Known for his headstrong attitude, he displayed the same soon after he took charge. He believes that the players will have to convince the Italian gaffer with their quality for them to earn a spot in the Nerazzurri team.
Spalletti told reporters: “We don’t need to convince anyone. It is they who need to convince me they can stay at Inter. If a player doesn’t share our enthusiasm, it is better he goes somewhere he feels he can do his job better.”
The comments were seemingly hinted at Ivan Perisic, who has been linked heavily with Manchester United.
After a recent £35 million bid for the midfielder was rejected by the La Beneamata, United are willing to put a higher bid. But with several players under Jose’s radar, he might consider this rejection as a hit and go with the player.
The 28-year-old has majorly played on the left midfield position this season, and with full effect. Scoring 11 goals in the Serie A itself, he also bagged 5 goals and 2 assists for the Croatia National team last calendar year. Particularly known for his aerial ability, he can also send long balls in, and often initiates counter-attacks with brute force.
Inter Milan’s previous manager, Stefano Pioli, was dismissed almost a month ago, on 9th May, after a short 7-month tenure. He’s now the new manager for Fiorentina.
The new Chinese owners at Inter, Suning Group, want to bring back the lost glories of the 3-time European Champions. The past season, however, saw them finishing seventh in the league – a humongous 29 points behind the league winners Juventus.
The ambitious owners were looking at bigger names for the managerial role, including Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte. But as both of them fell flat, the club found their best interests in Spalletti. Helping Roma reach their highest ever points tally in Serie A, he has won the Coppa Italia twice, and the Italian Super Cup once with the club.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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