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Ibrahimovic returning to Inter depends on Mancini's future, says ex-president Moratti

The Sweden international, who has been linked with a return to the Nerazzurri, announced on Friday he will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires in the summer

Massimo Moratti says any plans Inter have to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic depend on the future of coach Roberto Mancini.
Ibrahimovic announced on Friday he will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires in the summer.
Inter, where the Sweden international won three Serie A titles between 2006 and 2009, are a possible destination for the striker, alongside Milan, Manchester United and LA Galaxy.
However, former Inter president Moratti believes the uncertainty surrounding Mancini, who watched the club fade dramatically in their pursuit of Champions League qualification this season, would have to be sorted first before the club swoop for Ibrahimovic.
READ MORE  | OFFICIAL: Ibrahimovic announces PSG exit”A lot will depend on the choices Inter make with the coach,” Moratti – now an honorary president at Inter – told
“As well as many other aspects, such as the possible need to have a player of such quality.
“But I cannot put myself in the shoes of others, now is totally different to 2006 [when Inter first signed Ibrahimovic].”

Ibrahimovic has scored a league-high 36 goals this season, helping PSG to a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title.

Icardi: I'm absolutely staying at Inter!

The Argentinian striker has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League ahead of the upcoming summer window but claims he will be staying at San Siro

Inter captain Mauro Icardi reassured fans over his future at the Serie A club, insisting he is “absolutely” staying in Milan.

Icardi has been linked with a move away from San Siro amid interest from Premier League trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, with the Argentina international himself previously hinting at a transfer.

However, the 23-year-old forward – who has scored 16 goals in the Serie A this season – said he is not planning on leaving anytime soon.
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“I have a contract until 2019 and there are a few years to go yet,” he told reporters at a charity event.

“I will absolutely stay here.

“Do I want to become the new Javier Zanetti? Steady on, that’s a lot of years. I am happy to be here and to be wearing his armband.

“If I get to remain as many years as he did, then I’ll be even happier.”

Inter – fourth in the standings – close out the season at Sassuolo on Saturday.

Mancini promises improvement from Inter

Despite the club’s best season for five years, the former Manchester City boss believes there is more to come from the San Siro outfit next term

Roberto Mancini promised there is more to come from Inter next season as the penultimate game of another frustrating Serie A campaign ended in a 2-1 victory over Empoli on Saturday.

First-half goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic – either side of a Manuel Pucciarelli equaliser – was enough for Inter to secure the points, and a fourth-placed finish, in their last match at San Siro this season.

Inter were top of the table by the mid-season break, but a disappointing second half of the campaign saw their title hopes fade and they also fell away from contention for the Champions League.

Head coach Mancini is adamant Inter have made clear progress this term, but accepts there is plenty of work to do to return Inter to the top domestically and in Europe.

“We would not have finished fourth if we did everything right. The position is what we deserve, because we threw away what we had done for the first six months,” Mancini told Tuttomercatoweb.

“In Italy we are quick to criticise all aspects of a team, but instead you have to see the good things that a team does, and we have made progress.
READ MORE  | Mancini slams ‘worst ever’ Inter

“We will seek to strengthen the team, but this is still the best season of the last five years.

“We thank the fans who came to San Siro, we hope next year to be able to give them some extra satisfaction.”

Mancini believes the victory at Empoli shows the manner in which Inter must close out matches if they are to reduce the gulf in class between themselves and champions Juventus.

“We have to improve many things, the technical quality, the desire to fight and we must learn not to give anything away in times of difficulty, like how Juve do,” he added.

“Surely we have to improve our quality, this is crucial. The gap between Juve and the other teams is huge.”

D'Ambrosio: Inter need consistency in performances and results

The former Torino defender rued the Nerazzurri’s poor second half of the Serie A season, while his attacking team-mate believes the groundwork for next term has been laid

Inter must improve their consistency if they are to challenge at the top of Serie A next season, according to Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Roberto Mancini’s men impressed in the first half of the 2015-16 campaign and were top as recently as January 9 before their form drastically dropped off.

Since the turn of the year Inter have not managed to win more than two games in a row, but secured European football with a 2-1 win over Empoli on Saturday.
READ MORE  | Mancini promises improvement from Inter

They will have to settle for the Europa League, though, with the Champions League places already well out of reach.

“It’s certainly been a good season because we’ve qualified for Europe,” D’Ambrosio told the Inter Channel. “We’ll try to do even better next year. Hopefully we can win something soon.

“We need more consistency in our performances and our results if we want to aim for the top spots in the league.”

D’Ambrosio’s frustrations were echoed by striker Stevan Jovetic, the Montenegrin disappointed to see the Champions League slip out of their grasp.

He said: “It was important for us to secure fourth place. Our aim was to get back into the Champions League and we might have done it but we dropped a few too many points along the way.

“Still, we’re back in Europe and we’ve laid the groundwork for next season.”

Inter 2-1 Empoli: Perisic seals fourth spot for Mancini's men

A couple of first-half goals were enough to book a place in the Europa League group stages next season for Roberto Mancini’s side, who failed to shine in the second period

Inter sealed fourth spot in Serie A as they eased to a 2-1 victory over Empoli in their final home game of the season at San Siro.
Roberto Mancini’s side came into Saturday’s clash knowing that a victory would be enough to extend the gap between themselves and Fiorentina to seven points with two games remaining.
First-half efforts from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic – either side of Manuel Pucciarelli’s equaliser – handed Inter the advantage heading into the interval and they saw out the victory following a tepid second period.
An early lead was no more than Inter deserved after a fast start to proceedings, and they duly got the breakthrough when their captain Icardi thumped home from the edge of the area.
Empoli had claimed just three wins in 2016 heading into this game, but they hauled themselves level when Pucciarelli converted from close-range, only for Perisic to restore Inter’s advantage three minutes later.
Marco Giampaolo’s side did have the better of proceedings in the second half, though they failed to truly trouble Samir Handanovic as the hosts eased to a straightforward success.
With their hopes of Champions League qualification ended by the defeat to Lazio last week, Inter were intent on securing fourth at the expense of Fiorentina.
Inter started brightly and, after Danilo D’Ambrosio had gone close with a driven cross-cum-shot, they found themselves ahead 12 minutes in – Icardi firing in with a fantastic first-time finish after he had been picked out by Perisic.
Mancini’s side were very nearly the architects of their own downfall shortly before the half-hour mark, as a mistake from Felipe Melo allowed Riccardo Saponara to steal in and set up Pucciarelli, but the Empoli forward could not apply the finish.
However, Pucciarelli atoned for his miss 10 minutes later, slotting in coolly to level proceedings after latching onto Massimo Maccarone’s cross.
Parity was short-lived, though, with Inter quickly regaining the advantage when Stevan Jovetic’s strike was parried back into the path of Perisic, who tucked home into an empty net.
Inter continued to press after the restart, and almost had a third when Yuto Nagatomo’s drilled cross took a wicked deflection off Mario Rui but, fortunately for the Empoli defender, Alberto Pelagotti reacted swiftly to make the save.
Empoli did show promise going forward, however, and were unfortunate not to be level once more when Marcel Buchel’s long-range effort inched just over the crossbar.
Icardi’s afternoon was brought to a premature end soon after, with the Inter skipper having to make way for Jonathan Biabiany after he picked up a nasty knock in a collision in Empoli’s penalty area.
Inter sat back as the game wore on, unwilling to commit too many players forward so as not to allow the visitors the opportunity to counter.
They were almost undone when Andrea Costa connected with a corner deep into stoppage time, but he could only stab narrowly wide as Mancini’s side held firm to claim the points.