Monday April 18 2016
Mancini: 'Totti fight overblown'

Inter Coach Roberto Mancini spoke all-round on the Totti-Spalletti fight, the next Italy Coach, and Inter's transfer campaign.

The 51-year-old was invited to a TV show in which he was interviewed about a variety of disparate topics, including the recent disagreement between Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti and captain Francesco Totti, Cristian Brocchi's new Milan, and the succession of Antonio Conte on the Italy bench.

“There may have been some disagreements in my career but as a player and as a Coach I always showed the utmost respect,” he told La Domenica Sportiva. “I don't know what happened between Totti and Spalletti. These are locker-room incidents and people often exaggerate. No, there wasn't anything serious between me and [Dani] Osvaldo.

“Brocchi? I don't know him, so I can't judge him. He's a young lad and he'll be very driven. I wish him the best of luck for a job that isn't among the easiest.

“The next Italy Coach? In terms of experience, the best candidate is [Giovanni] Trapattoni. People say he's already been there, but then, so has [Bologna's Roberto] Donadoni.”

Mancini then went on to discuss Inter, and their strategy on the transfer market.

“If the President said he's not selling the top players, then he knows best. I told journalists we have a rich budget just to get them to stop asking me questions. We already know what the situation is like, we must be cautious and do our best to find the right players.

“Thohir and [former President Massimo] Moratti are two different people, not least because of their age. I hope Thohir's Inter can win as much as Moratti's, but it'll take time and patience.

“The current President already said that I'll be staying. Moratti was an important person, he gave me the opportunity of coaching Inter.

“I stayed there four years and we won seven trophies. Sometimes I still speak with Moratti, though with Thohir I have a much more regular, weekly communication.

“Next year's Scudetto? Let's hope so. Let's play the next five games and see what happens, there will be time to think about next year.”

Finally, Mancini touched on the subject of Azzurri Coach Conte, who is expected to move to Chelsea and try and take Mauro Icardi from Inter.

“I have a good relationship with him, but I don't think I'll give him Icardi. Conte will learn English, while I hope [Leicester City Coach] Claudio Ranieri wins the Premier League.”