Inter Coach Andrea Stramaccioni has backed Philippe Coutinho to finally make an impact for the club.
The young Brazilian was labelled as the “future of Inter” by President Massimo Moratti upon his arrival in 2010, but found the adjustment into Italian football difficult.
After a productive loan spell with Espanyol in Spain last season, Coutinho has returned to pre-season training with Inter and seems set to remain with the Nerazzurri for the upcoming campaign.
Speaking after his side’s 6-0 friendly win over Trentino in which Coutinho scored, Stramaccioni said: “His qualities have never been questioned, and now he has the confidence of the Coach to grow in a calmer environment.
“Don’t forget, this is only a 20-year-old boy.”
While Coutinho played, a notable absentee was Inter striker Giampaolo Pazzini, fuelling rumours that he could be leaving the club.