Saturday December 29 2012
Zenga: 'Inter called me...'

Walter Zenga has revealed he “received a phone call” from Inter offering him the job before Andrea Stramaccioni was promoted.

Strama was in charge of the Nerazzurri Primavera youth team when bumped up to the role of Coach in March to replace the sacked Claudio Ranieri.

“It’s true, and that was a wonderful day for me,” former Inter goalkeeper Zenga told Sky Sport Italia.

“Before they promoted Stramaccioni, I received a phone call from Inter. Why did nothing come of it? There were many reasons, for example I was already under contract and Massimo Moratti never tries to poach tacticians who are already spoken for.

“There were other little details too. Now Strama is there and he is talented, young and a hard worker. I don’t want to destabilise his position, as this is not the time.

“Of course Inter remain in my heart. I owe everything I became to that club, including the pride in my playing career.”

The 52-year-old is currently in charge of Dubai club Al Nasr after spells at clubs like Steaua Bucharest, Red Star Belgrade, Catania and Palermo.

Zenga is still keeping a close eye on Serie A and gave his verdict on Inter’s Scudetto hopes.

“Juventus are too strong for everyone at the moment. Mind you, if you look at the table then the only real difference between them is represented by the games with Siena and Cagliari. The Bianconeri beat both teams, whereas Inter got one point.”

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