Former Inter captain Javier Zanetti says it will take time to restore the club to the top of the Italian game.
The Argentine was part of the Nerazzurri side who won a historic treble in 2010, but the club have stagnated in recent years.
Speaking in a question and answer session with Tuttosport today, the 40-year-old insisted new San Siro President Erick Thohir needs patience as he gets to grips with Italian football.
“It needs time for Inter to return to being great,” Zanetti said. “There has been a change of ownership and a lot of players are new.
“We are at the start of a new story and we need to build a competent group of directors in order for us to get back up there.
“Thohir is getting to know Italian football, it’s not easy to arrive from so far away and be ready straight away.”
Zanetti was also asked about former Inter President Massimo Moratti and current Coach Walter Mazzarri.
“Inter has been, and always will be, Moratti’s family. I knew about him selling up last summer.
“Moratti told me that he would have stayed but that it was crucial that Inter should grow and open itself up to the World.
“The boss (Mazzarri) has his ideas, he became aware during his first season of what the difficulties of coaching Inter are.
“But now he will start a new year with player he knows and others who will arrive. He will do well.”