With the end of what i like to think of as Inter’s hangover season in sight (Thank God!!!) the rumours of changes of management and players are coming thick and fast for our beloved Nerazzurri, with most of the footballing world agreeing that Inter needs some big changes to stay up there with the likes of Barcelona. Of course a lot can change before the start of next season but there are some rumours that just don’t seem to go away so i thought i’d share the latest versions of these stories with you all and start the excitement for next season early!
First of all we’ll deal with the management and contrary to what everyone seems to want it looks like Leonardo might still be at the helm next season as yesterday Inter’s CEO CEO Ernesto Paolillo has revealed that head coach Leonardo has no reason to be worried about his job as the Serie A champions have no intention of parting company with the Brazilian tactician.
He told Bloomberg
: “The future of Leonardo is with Inter. He’s a great coach, he’s working very well, we are really satisfied.
“Just because of two games we lost we are reading a lot of crazy things in the newspapers but they are coming from outside, not from the club. We have no problems at all and we are convinced he’s working very well.”
Paolillo then went on to say that Inter won’t start making provisions for 2011-12 until this term comes to an end.
He said: “Planning for next season hasn’t begun yet. We have to examine the situation just after the end of the season, not now.”
He obviously hasn’t been watching very closly recently because anyone can see Leo isn’t up to the job, that said though he’s just trying to smooth everything over until the end of the season because we know that Inter are thinking about changes as Moratti himself has admitted to talks about signing Carlos Tevez so hopefully this statement is just to make Leo feel safe before he gets the boot at the end of the current season, fingers crossed!!!
As i’ve said most of the footballing world agree that Inter needs changes and this was given more weight by a quote from our hero Jose Mourinho the other day when he told press that ‘His Inter must rebuild for next season’ it is great to see that the manager most Interista hold close to their hearts still feels close to the team he led to glory last season. he went on to say…
“I tell Inter that this season isn’t a disaster if they don’t win any silverware,” he told Mediaset.
“They must rebuild for the next campaign and get back to winning ways, because it remains my Inter.
“President Massimo Moratti and his collaborators are very smart and Leonardo is a coach who can go far.
“What counts now is securing second place in Serie A and winning the Coppa Italia.”
So it looks fairly clear that even with his affection for us he won’t be returning any time soon and he to thinks Leonardo will be staying!
Anyway on to the players and the one transfer that seemed to be in the bag is being interupted by our rivals Juventus who have admitted they are interested in Tevez and also Neymar but they have also said that they may not have the finances to sign either player, lets hope not!
An article on Bleacherreport.com says –
European champions Inter are understood to be the leading candidates to sign Tévez due to their wealth and recent pedigree as the dominant force in Serie A.
But Juventus general manager, Giuseppe Beppe Marotta, has confirmed that Juve are keen to take Tévez to Turin, as well as the Brazilian forward Neymar, if the club can fund a move for either player.
Marotta said: “Tévez and Neymar are two excellent players, very strong, and you would like to have either of them, but beyond that point is an economic reality which must be faced.
“Acquiring players in that category is not an easy operation to achieve. In addition, in the case of Neymar, we know we would have to compete with Chelsea.”
Another big named linked with Inter is Tottenhams Luca Modric