NEWS
Saturday May 30 2015
Mancini opens Inter doors

Roberto Mancini will “100 per cent” remain at Inter, but left the door open for Mateo Kovacic, Mehdi Benatia, Felipe Melo and Yaya Toure.

The Nerazzurri play their final game of the season against Empoli on Sunday at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT). Click here for a match preview.

“The transfer market is fundamental, but I will 100 per cent remain at Inter,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We all want to reinforce the squad and that is extremely important. I think President Erick Thohir will do everything possible to take Inter back to the top. I have a lot of faith and am sure this will happen.

“It’s a shame the current campaign is ending, because we don’t have any more time to climb the table. It’s always disappointing to look back and see the wasted opportunities.”

There have been reports that Liverpool are meeting for Kovacic, while Lukas Podolski will return to Arsenal after a six-month loan spell.

“At the moment Kovacic is certainly at the centre of our project for next season. Then, as I said, it’s not easy to understand the future. We want to build a strong team.

“It won’t be easy to get Benatia, as Bayern Munich won’t want to sell him. I can say he is very talented.

“As for Felipe Melo, I have an excellent rapport with him and he has changed from the man he was before. However, he plays for a big club and it’s up to Galatasaray.

“It was an honour to work with Podolski. It takes time to settle when changing countries. I thank him, as he always did his best.”

This week Yaya Toure’s agent changed his tune, declaring he was “too important” for Manchester City to let go, but Mancio isn’t buying it.

“I don’t know the situation with Toure. When we get some clear responses than we’ll understand if we’ve got a chance of getting him or not.

“With all these issues it’s not easy to convince some players who really make the difference to come here without Champions League football.

“Inter remain Inter, the history of the club speaks for itself and therefore players always like this club. We are seeking important players.

“This has been a negative season, this is football, but we have still improved since I arrived, regardless of the results.”

There is still a very outside chance that Inter could snatch seventh place and the Europa League spot vacated by Genoa’s failure to get a UEFA licence.

They would have to beat Empoli and see Sampdoria lose at home to already-relegated Parma, getting the upper hand over Samp in the head-to-head record.

“If Sampdoria go into Europe, it will mean they deserved it.”

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