Massimo Moratti is counting down the days to the new season, excited by his new project underway at Inter.
The President is overseeing significant changes to the Nerazzurri’s the playing staff this summer, with the likes of Douglas Maicon, Julio Cesar, Diego Forlan and Giampaolo Pazzini all rumoured to be following Lucio out of the door.
In their place is expected to arrive Samir Handanovic and Matias Silvestre, who will join already confirmed Rodrigo Palacio and Fredy Guarin.
Alongside new Coach Andrea Stramaccioni, who took over in the closing stages of last term, Moratti is eager to see how the new-look side perform.
“This new Inter excites me and they will win,” declared the President to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We are changing things without losing sight of what our goals are, to reclaim Italy and Europe.
“We are Inter and we want to start winning again. [Coach Andrea] Stramaccioni is our symbol. He’s a young man. I’m really very confident.
“Stramaccioni is a talented Coach with a strong background, he has knowledge and passion. As a Coach and a person he is credible and reliable. For all this, he seemed the right choice.”
Moratti reflected on the changes being made, his hopes for bringing in some faces from the club’s youth set-up and the contradiction that demands will be high from the very beginning.
“Let’s say that everything now is a fresh start, with a clear idea to put us in a position to do well, so yes, this is a ‘year zero’. It is a new beginning that had and brings enthusiasm that comes from an idea of play that has a clear and precise line - for this I am convinced that we can start well.
“I feel so much confidence, and even as this new step has an amount of risk it should not be scary, it should excite us more.
“Among [the new faces] will certainly be some from our youth team, from the success of the primavera and other categories. We will always need patience because it is not always easy.
“When I see new youngsters on the field, I have the same expectations I have for a new signing.
“I don’t want to be presumptuous. We have embraced an idea and that will apply first for us. The rest will come later. But, the goal is to win again this year, as always.”
The President also reflected that he hopes to win back the support of the club’s fans.
“Our fans are intelligent and discerning. They will be curious as to see this new course I have started Inter on. We want excitement around the team and the Coach. They behave themselves and I think that they will give support to the boys.
“Who comes and who stays will have the right credentials. Who we are signing, to me, must have certification of good conduct.
“Palacio I like. He has a lot of career goals and that matters a lot. Handanovic is a very reliable goalkeeper.”