Friday May 3 2013
Benassi future linked to Strama

Marco Benassi says his future at Inter could be influenced by who will be sitting on the bench next season.

The 18-year-old has broken into the Nerazzurri first team this term after winning the faith of boss Andrea Stramaccioni.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia on Friday, the youngster admitted that the decision to stay or leave the club on loan next season is also dependant on whether Stramaccioni remains in charge.

“It will certainly affect things,” Benassi noted. “I’ve known the Coach for a long time and this could help me in my choice.

“He’s always helped me and still continues to do so. I’ll always be grateful for this.”

The teenager has been used on nine occasions across three competitions by Stramaccioni in the campaign so far.

“I like playing in front of the defence,” he added. “The Coach sometimes uses me in the inside of midfield and that’s fine for me as well.

“Being part of the Inter youth project is something that makes me very happy and proud because it means my sacrifices have paid off.”

Benassi could be given another chance on Sunday as his injury-hit side travel to second-placed Napoli.

“I don’t know if I’ll start. That’s up to Stramaccioni. I can tell you that if I’m needed I’ll give 100 per cent.

“Napoli are a very strong team and you can see that in the standings. But you can’t count out Inter.”

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