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Monday July 15 2019
Forza, Sinisa

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall pays tribute to a Serie A icon after news that Sinisa Mihajlovic is battling leukaemia.

“I respect the illness. I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. I have no doubts I will win this battle.”

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Monday July 15 2019
Zielinski: 'I'll give Napoli more grit'

Piotr Zielinski welcomes Kostas Manolas and James Rodriguez to Napoli, but admits he must learn from the defender to show more “grit.”

The Partenopei have been the only real contenders amid the Juventus hegemony over the last few years and hope the departure of Max Allegri, replaced by former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, will give them the chance to break that domination.

“I want to show all my potential and can assure everyone I am at 100 per cent,” the Polish midfielder told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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Monday July 15 2019
Zaniolo-Spurs key to Dzeko-Inter?

Nicolò Zaniolo is at the centre of a complex transfer tale, as Juventus try to stall his Tottenham move, while Inter could waive the sell-on fee to get Edin Dzeko from Roma.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Roma consultant (and former Tottenham Hotspur director) Franco Baldini will meet with Spurs chiefs today in London to discuss Zaniolo.

The idea is to exchange the young Italy international for cash plus defender Toby Alderweireld or midfielder Moussa Sissoko, reaching the €50m asking price.

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Monday July 15 2019
Mihajlovic: 'Thank you to everyone'

Sinisa Mihajlovic wrote an open letter to thank everyone for their support after his leukaemia diagnosis. “I’ve run out of tears, now I am ready to fight. We’ll see each other soon.”

The 50-year-old Bologna Coach and former player revealed the news in an emotional Press conference at the weekend and messages poured in from all over the Calcio world.

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Monday July 15 2019
Sensi: 'Inter aiming high'

Stefano Sensi scored a sensational goal on his Inter debut and assured they are “aiming as high as possible. We’re on the right track.”

The former Sassuolo midfielder smashed a long-range strike into the far top corner during Sunday’s 2-1 friendly victory over Lugano, the first pre-season outing for Antonio Conte’s side.

“I am very happy and it’s important to start strong,” Sensi told Sportitalia.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Serie A friendly round-up

Lazio, Torino and Verona posted double-digits in preseason friendlies on Saturday, while Inter won on Antonio Conte’s unofficial debut.

Lazio thrashed Auronzo 18-0 at the home of their preseason camp, with Joaquin Correa and Luis Alberto bagging hat-tricks.

A group of Aquile fans also showed their support for Scudetto winner Sinisa Mihajlovic with the banner ‘Daje Sinisa’ following his leukaemia diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Torino got their Europa League qualifying preparations off to the perfect start with a 15-0 demolition of Merano.

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Sunday July 14 2019
De Vrij: Inter ignoring Icardi issue

Stefan de Vrij insists Inter are ignoring the Mauro Icardi media circus after their win on Antonio Conte’s debut as Coach.

De Vrij helped Inter beat Lugano 2-1 on Sunday, with Conte getting off to a winning start, but the fixture was overshadowed by Icardi being sent home from the club’s preseason camp.

“Things are going very well, we’re working a lot physically and technically,” the defender told Sportitalia after the game.

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Sunday July 14 2019
De Boer: Could've been Inter success

Frank de Boer is standing by his agent story and believes he could have been a success for Inter.

De Boer lasted just 85 days as Inter boss in 2016, losing seven of his 14 games in charge, and the Dutchman reiterated he was made to feel undermined by the Nerazzuri.

“I work for a very young club: there are no former Presidents or directors with much influence here,” the Atlanta United boss told De Telegraaf.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Nainggolan given Icardi treatment

Antonio Conte has named his first Inter XI as it emerges Radja Nainggolan has been given the Mauro Icardi treatment.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Nainggolan did not travel with the Inter squad for their first preseason friendly against Lugano on Sunday.

General manager Beppe Marotta recently announced the midfielder, along with Icardi, did not have a future with the Nerazzurri.

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Sunday July 14 2019
Lopez: Icardi infuriates me!

Maxi Lopez explained why Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara ‘infuriate’ him. “They don’t let me see my kids, he’s hung up the phone while I was talking to them...”

Wanda was married to Lopez with three children but divorced amidst allegations that she was having an affair with Icardi, who was a then-teammate of his fellow Argentine at Sampdoria.

“There’s an agreement signed by a judge, which has never been respected,” the Vasco da Gama striker told Podemos Hablar.

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