Saturday May 18 2013
Strama: 'I'll always thank Inter'

Andrea Stramaccioni insists he will “always thank Massimo Moratti and Inter” whether he stays for years or is fired tomorrow.

The Nerazzurri have failed to qualify for Europe amid a remarkable run of injuries, but welcomes Rodrigo Palacio back for the final match against Udinese six weeks after his thigh strain.

“Udinese are perhaps the most consistent side in Serie A right now and they have Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel fit, so we know how important those players are for them,” said Strama in his Press conference.

“They are going to be very motivated to achieve Europa League qualification, but despite what some people might think, Inter have trained well and want to end the season by impressing the home fans. We’ll do everything we can to end on a high.

“Palacio worked well through the week and is in the squad, but he won’t be in the starting XI. The players at risk want to be there, but I don’t think it is fair to risk them with internationals coming up. I am talking about Andrea Ranocchia, Cristian Chivu and Antonio Cassano, who had surgery on his hand yesterday for a fracture in three places.”

This morning there were reports that Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri has already signed a contract with Inter.

“I have to smile, because I don’t want to ruin this amusing media circus. Mazzarri and Allegri will speak after the final game, so why shouldn’t I? The President speaks for me and cuts through this bizarre propaganda-like atmosphere.

“Moratti confirmed me four days ago, so I doubt he has changed his mind in such a short space of time…

“Even if he did, I would have absolutely no complaints. I must always thank the President for what he has given me. If I am to leave before I expect to, then there will only be regrets that I didn’t get the results I could’ve done due to the injuries.

“There is such a thing as an unlucky year. Everyone falls down; it’s all about how you get back up on your feet. We are ready to do that from next season. It’s time for action, not words.”

Stramaccioni also confirmed Inter are tracking Lazar Markovic and Paulinho.

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