Wednesday October 10 2012
‘Handanovic worth a striker’

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has wasted no time in convincing two clubs legends about his ability at San Siro.

The outfit opted to show treble-winning custodian Julio Cesar the door in the summer after choosing to sign the Udinese shot-stopper.

“He’s very effective, he has presence and personality,” Walter Zenga told the Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

“He is up to the task. It wasn’t easy to replace someone like Julio Cesar, but he’s been able to do that because the squad is strong.

“When that is the case then it makes you more secure – and vice-versa.”

Gianluca Pagliuca, who replaced Zenga at San Siro, has also been left impressed by the Slovenian international after initial doubts.

“I was one of those who would never have given away Julio Cesar, but I must say that Inter have once again been proved right,” the 1994 World Cup ‘keeper noted.

“I like Handanovic because he’s not afraid to come off his line and he doesn’t just throw himself around for the sake of it.

“He has some areas to improve on, but he’s worth the €11m that he cost. I’ve always said that a good goalkeeper is worth the same as a centre-forward.

“And he is a great goalkeeper.”