Tuesday November 19 2013
Thohir’s hopes for Serie A and Inter

Erick Thohir says one of his desires after taking control of Inter is to make Serie A great again on the world stage.

The Indonesian businessman now owns 70 per cent of the club after striking a deal with previous owner Massimo Moratti.

“For me the most important thing is making Serie A big again like it used to be in Asia, where there's a huge market,” he told Italia 1.

“As I said at the meeting with other club owners on Monday, we must work together to make Serie A the best League in the world.

“For the first one or two years, the management at Inter will be working very hard to increase revenue, as I think there is real potential to exploit foreign markets.

“After that we will look at whether to remain at San Siro or build a new stadium.”

Thohir also confirmed that he’ll look to strengthen the side at the start of 2014 and he has great faith in boss Walter Mazzarri.

“We're looking to do something in the January transfer window, but we're not after a quick fix,” he continued.

“We're creating a system where the ownership, the management and the Coach have to sit down and draw up a plan, not only for this year but for the next two or three years.

“I respect Coach Mazzarri, he's been a success and I'm looking forward to working with him for a long time.

“I hope to build a strong Inter team for him. I like young players and I want to bring a lot of young players to Inter.

“I want to make Inter better every year.

“The Champions League Final will be held in Milan in 2016 and it would be great to win it again.

“It takes time to build a team, but I really believe we have the fundamentals in place and we can slowly move forward and make it happen.”