Simeone hints at future Inter role

The Argentine has pledged to return to the Italians at some stage in his career, having spent two seasons with San Siro outfit during his playing days

Diego Simeone may have been touted as a future Premier League manager but the Atletico Madrid boss has hinted Serie A is his preferred destination.

Simeone has turned Atletico into regular title contenders in La Liga and a force to be reckoned with in Europe, with their miserly defence seeing them reach the latter stages of the Champions League in recent seasons.

His performances at Vicente Calderon have seen him linked with a host of other clubs, with Chelsea – prior to Antonio Conte’s appointment – and Arsenal rumoured to have been monitoring his situation.
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However, according to Simeone, a switch to Inter, who he represented as a player, is a more likely option.

“I still speak to Javier Zanetti [Inter’s vice-president] on the phone and I am not afraid to say it,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“One day I will return to Inter, because I have good memories as a player there and it is my objective as a coach to return.”

Hernandez: I rejected Juventus for Leverkusen

The Mexico international striker reveals that he rejected the Old Lady as well as AC Milan, Inter, Lazio and Roma before joining the Bundesliga club last summer

Javier Hernandez has revealed he turned down the chance to join Italian giants Juventus and several more Serie A clubs in favour of a move to Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

The Mexico international was deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United ahead of this season after a term on loan at Real Madrid and opted to continue his career with the Bundesliga side.

Hernandez has revitalised his career at the BayArena, scoring 17 goals in 26 German top-flight games this campaign.

However, the 27-year-old striker has hinted he would be open to a move to Italy in the future.

“Juventus, Inter, [AC] Milan, Lazio and Roma tried to sign me in the summer,” Hernandez told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I picked Leverkusen because of the Champions League and they made me feel wanted. They were convinced I could help them improve and that made me smile.

“Leverkusen have exercised an option for me and I have a contract until 2018. I have everything I need here.

“I’ve played for three clubs in three different countries so I know that anything can happen. Serie A is a great league, I can’t exclude playing there.”

Felipe Melo: I would have become a murderer if not for football

The Inter midfielder, who grew up in “one of the most dangerous favelas around”, believes he escaped a life of crime by making it in the game

Inter midfielder Felipe Melo has revealed he was destined to live a life of crime had he not become a footballer.

The midfielder has enjoyed a successful career, representing clubs such as Fiorentina, Juventus, Galatasaray and Inter, as well as making it into Brazil’s national team.

However, the 32-year-old believes things could easily have panned out differently in his life.

“My father often had to work double shifts to keep us going and I had to make a lot of sacrifices. Only recently have I started to realise how important those sacrifices were. I would not have been where I am now without them,” Felipe Melo told Sky.
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“My father was very important to me, but my wife and kids are also very important to me. God comes first for me and then my family.

“But it was football that was instrumental to me. Had I not become a footballer, I would have become a murderer.

“I grew up in one of the most dangerous favelas around. There were a lot of drugs and weapons around. Sometimes I went to training and then when I got back one of my friends had died. I had to choose between football and a life of crime.

“Thankfully I was able to escape all that and pursue my dream. I chose football and a different life.” 

Murillo set to snub Chelsea for Inter stay

Chelsea and Manchester United have been associated with a potential move for the defender, who says he is quite happy to stay at San Siro

Inter defender Jeison Murillo says he wants to stay at the club, despite speculation linking him with the Premier League.

Reports in England have claimed that Antonio Conte will look to sign the 23-year-old when he takes charge of Chelsea after leading Italy at Euro 2016, while it was rumoured last month that Manchester United had launched a €35 million bid to sign the defender.

But Murillo says he has developed quickly in his time in Serie A and is not considering a transfer away from San Siro.

“I want to stay at Inter,” he told Rai Sport after Inter’s 3-1 win over Udinese.

“I am an Inter player and am not thinking about the future right now. Coming to Serie A has really helped me improve, although it was difficult at first to adapt to a very tactical and physical league.”
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Inter’s win keeps their faint hopes of a top-three finish alive and Murillo wants his team-mates to keep fighting for a return to the Champions League.

“Udinese played very well, but we also did our best to get the victory and are happy to have taken home the three points,” he added.

“We are lacking some results, but the team must continue working like this to get what we’re looking for.”

Inter 3-1 Udinese: Jovetic double keeps Champions League hopes alive

The former Manchester City forward cancelled out Cyril Thereau’s early goal and grabbed a late winner as Roberto Mancini’s men kept up their chase of third-placed Roma

Stevan Jovetic’s double saw Inter come from behind to beat Udinese and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.Cyril Thereau gave the visitors an early lead at San Siro but Jovetic levelled the score before half-time before striking the winner after 75 minutes.Eder grabbed a late third to make the game safe for Roberto Mancini’s side.More to follow…