Murillo not seeking Inter exit

The Colombia international has stressed that he is happy with life at the Serie A side and is not thinking about a transfer

Jeison Murillo has dismissed suggestions he could leave Inter at the end of the season amid speculation linking him with Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

The Colombia international joined Inter from Granada in July 2015 and has since developed into a key player at San Siro.

Murillo has scored twice in 28 Serie A appearances this campaign and his good performances have not gone unnoticed elsewhere.

Nevertheless, the 23-year-old defender is not thinking about leaving Inter any time soon.

“I was delighted when I heard Inter were interested in me,” the centre-back told Inter Channel.

“I could have joined sooner but the situation wasn’t easy at Granada and they wanted to keep me until the end of the season. 
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“I’m pleased the fans are asking me to stay.

“I have a five-year contract and my focus must be solely on Inter and what the team have to do in order to give 100 per cent.”

Inter, having led Serie A before the mid-season break, are now fifth, eight points outside the Champions League qualification places ahead of their match away to Frosinone on Saturday.

Kondogbia: Inter still fighting for Champions League place

The French midfielder is hopeful that Roberto Mancini’s men can defy the odds and overtake Roma to claim a spot in the top four

Inter have not yet given up hope of Champions League football next season, according to midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.

With seven games of the Serie A season remaining, Inter are eight points behind third-placed Roma – who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot – in fifth and have a vastly inferior goal difference.

But Kondogbia says Inter will continue to fight for a top-three finish until it is no longer mathematically possible.

“Mathematically it’s not over yet and we must continue to believe in our chance of finishing third,” the France international told Corriere dello Sport.

“It’s a shame we have left points on the road that we shouldn’t have lost. We paid dearly for our errors.”
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However, while this campaign looks set to end in disappointment, Kondogbia believes Inter can challenge for the title next season.

“When I look at our squad I can see that nothing is missing to win the title,” he said.

“We have strength, quality and a great group of youngsters. Maybe we need a little bit more experience and shrewdness.”

On a personal note, the 23-year-old has dismissed suggestions he has struggled under the pressure of a huge price tag following his €38 million move from Monaco last June.

“This is a situation I know and that I’ve already experienced; when I was 21 I went to Monaco for €20m and so in July I knew what I was going to face,” he added.

“Psychologically it has never affected me.”

Kondogbia and his Inter teammates head to relegation-threatened Frosinone on Saturday as they look to close the gap on Roma.

Simeone: I imagine I'll return to Inter in the future

The Argentine is in no rush to leave the Vicente Calderon but says he hopes to get the chance to become head coach of the San Siro at some point in his managerial career

Diego Simeone says he expects to take charge of Inter in future but admits he is happy at Atletico Madrid at the moment.

The former Argentina midfielder has been linked with a number of major European clubs as a result of his impressive four years at the Vicente Calderon, though Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has said he expects him to remain in charge “for a long time”.

Simeone is in no hurry to call time on his spell in La Liga but admits he is tempted by the prospect of a return to San Siro, where he won the Uefa Cup in 1998 as a player.

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“During my career I expect to go to many places, whether it is now or in the future,” he told Sport Mediaset . “Not right now, because I am  happy here, but there will be an opportunity to return to Milan.

“It is not a dream. It is a situation I have imagined, just like how I imagined that I would return to Atletico.”

Simeone, linked with Chelsea earlier this season, has stated previously he would consider taking charge of Lazio, a club with whom he enjoyed a hugely successful playing spell.

The 45-year-old signed a new deal with Atleti last year, which expires in 2020.

Inter have complete confidence in Mancini – Zanetti

The club vice-president has made it clear that the coach’s job is safe, despite his side’s disappointing results in the second half of the season leaving them fifth in Serie A

Inter still retain complete confidence in head coach Roberto Mancini despite their shaky Serie A form, according to vice-president Javier Zanetti.

A bright start to the campaign saw the Milan side sitting top of the league by the mid-season break, but a string of disappointing results in 2016 has seen them drop to fifth, leaving them 18 points behind leaders Juventus.

Inter were beaten 2-1 by Torino at the weekend in a potentially fatal blow to their Champions League hopes, opening up an eight point gap between them and third-placed Roma.

However, Zanetti insists that Mancini will remain at San Siro, insisting that they expected to go through a rough patch at some point this term.
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“We have complete confidence in Mancini,” Zanetti told Mediaset.

“The team was more solid in the first half of the season and then started to make more mistakes. We always remained realistic, though. We knew that we would encounter some difficulties at some point.

“Everyone was angry after we lost to Torino, but we have to keep believing third place is possible, although it’s become that much trickier now.

“We just have to concentrate on picking up as many points as possible.”

Next up for Inter is a trip to struggling Frosinone on Saturday.

Mancini slams refereeing and accuses Torino of cheating

The Inter chief was angry with the decision to send off Yuto Nagatomo and award a penalty against his side in their 2-1 loss to Giampiero Ventura’s men

Inter head coach Roberto Mancini described refereeing decisions made in his team’s 2-1 home loss to Torino on Sunday as “absurd” and accused the visitors’ Andrea Belotti of cheating.

Mancini’s men took the lead through Mauro Icardi’s penalty but Cristian Molinaro hit a fine equaliser before Miranda was sent off for a second bookable offence when he slid in late on Belotti.

Torino striker Belotti then won a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Yuto Nagatomo, who received Inter’s 10th red card of the league season, Belotti converting the penalty himself.

Mancini was angry and accused Belotti of trying to win a penalty with a “clear dive”.

“This is a difficult game to comment on, because it should’ve been finished by the start of the second half. We lost a game that seemed impossible to lose,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

“There are periods of the season where things go your way and moments when you concede at every attempt. I think our problem is that we don’t kill games off. It happened against Roma too, we needed to be more determined and finish it off.
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“It’s not possible every time at home we get players sent off and penalties awarded against us. Miranda’s second yellow card was right, but the first booking did not exist. It struck him on the shoulder, so was not handball. These things only happen to Inter.

“As for Nagatomo’s red card, that was absurd. You can tell even from a distance that Belotti is seeking contact with Nagatomo. There are five officials there, not one of them spotted a clear dive.

“There was a clear penalty not awarded to Icardi. I also admit our penalty was a mistake too, because a player can’t cut his arm off when he slides in. In my view, those penalties should not be given in general.”

Defeat leaves Inter’s Champions League hopes severely damaged, as Mancini’s side are now eight points behind Roma, who occupy the third and final Serie A qualification place.

Although Mancini railed against decisions that went against his side, he accepted that his team should have secured the points before half-time.

“The fact remains we should’ve finished it in the first half, when we had numerous chances and allowed Torino absolutely nothing,” he said. “We were in total control.

“It’s an issue of being clinical at certain moments of the game. We’ve always scored fairly few goals, we used to win 1-0, now one is not enough.”