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Monday October 17 2016
Leonardo 'loves Florenzi'

Former Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo has praised Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi, revealing he wanted him ‘three years ago’.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the former Milan player stated that tried to bring the 25-year-old to France, but Roma have always stood firm in their defence of such a valuable player.

“Florenzi? I thought about bringing him to Paris three years ago," the ex-PSG chief said.

“He is a player that I love, he can play anywhere."

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Sunday October 9 2016
Leonardo supports Verratti start

Former Milan and Inter Coach Leonardo is pleased to see Marco Verratti poised to start Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia.

The 47-year-old was a key figure in signing Verratti for Paris Saint-Germain back in 2012, during his spell as director of football at the French club.

23-year-old midfielder Verratti is poised to step into Giampiero Ventura’s starting line-up in Skopje in place of the injured Riccardo Montolivo

“I am a complete fan of Verratti and I am happy,” Leonardo told Sky Sport.

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Saturday September 17 2016
Leonardo: 'Juve opportunity for Inter'

Leonardo believes facing Juventus represents “an opportunity” for Inter, who should take the Europa League more seriously.

The Derby d’Italia kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 UK time (16.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

“It’ll be a test for Inter, especially after their Europa League defeat to Hapoel Beer-Sheva,” ex-Nerazzurri Coach Leonardo told Tuttosport.

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Thursday September 15 2016
Leonardo: ‘Inter wasn’t an option’

Leonardo insists he was never in the frame for an Inter return - “they wanted Frank de Boer for a long time”.

The Brazilian was Coach of the Nerazzurri for around six months in the 2010-11 season, before taking over as Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director.

When speculation first began to emerge about Roberto Mancini’s future this summer, it was mooted that Leonardo could return, but the man himself says that was never on the cards.

“The club planned to stick with Mancini,” Leonardo explained to Sky Italia.

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Thursday September 15 2016
‘EL trio can go all the way’

Inter, Fiorentina and Roma all have what it takes to go all the way in the Europa League this season, according to Leonardo.

Leonardo was speaking at a Press conference in aid of Sky Sport Italia’s Europa League coverage for 2016-17, and he felt the three old giants of calcio could mix with the likes of Manchester United and Mario Balotelli’s Nice.

“Inter, Fiorentina and Roma all have a chance to go all the way,” he remarked.

“There’s also Sassuolo, who I believe can do well, even if they have no experience.

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Thursday September 15 2016
‘EL could be Totti’s cup’

Former Milan and Inter boss Leonardo believes this season’s Europa League could be “Francesco Totti’s”.

Totti opened his account for 2016-17 with a last-gasp winner against Sampdoria over the weekend, and Leonardo believes Roma’s probable priorities of Serie A and the Coppa Italia could mean that the veteran leads them to European glory.

“This could be Totti’s cup,” the Brazilian told Sky Sport Italia.

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Monday September 12 2016
Leonardo rips into Inter & Milan

Leonardo delivers a scathing assessment of his former clubs. “None of Inter’s players are in the world top 10, Milan have just others’ scraps.”

Leonardo made over 100 appearances for Milan between 1997 and 2001 and coached them for the 2009-10 season, while he guided Inter to the Coppa Italia a year later, yet the Brazilian made it clear he was unimpressed by both of their efforts in the transfer market.

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Wednesday July 27 2016
Inter contact Leonardo and De Boer?

It is reported that Inter have contacted representatives of both Leonardo and Frank De Boer, in the event that Roberto Mancini leaves the club.

The current Nerazzurri Coach has been at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy for much of the summer, amid rumours of a disagreement over transfer strategy.

His long-term future at San Siro is still yet to be guaranteed and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, this has led the three-time European champions to sound out potential replacements.

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Sunday July 17 2016
Inter call in Capello?

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter want Fabio Capello as a team manager and potential Coach to replace Roberto Mancini.

Reports continue to circulate that Mancini is unhappy with the approach taken by new Chinese owners Suning Commerce Group, who want to focus on youth rather than experience.

A crunch meeting is expected over the next few days during their US summer tour.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter have contacted Capello with a proposal to become their new team manager following the departure of Dejan Stankovic.

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Wednesday May 25 2016
Leonardo: 'Simeone loves Inter'
Leonardo tips Atletico Madrid for the Champions League, but believes Diego Simeone on the Inter bench “is possible.”
 
The Brazilian was in Milan for Javier Zanetti’s charity event with Andrea Bocelli, but revealed he won’t be watching Saturday’s Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
 
“I have to take my son to see Adele in Verona,” he told Rai Sport.
 
“I am not cheering anyone on in particularly, but I think
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