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Friday, August 1, 2014

Ranocchia says Inter Milan improving in preseason

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia feels the team is making great strides in preseason.

The Nerazzurri have beaten Real Madrid on penalties and lost to Manchester United the same way during their pre-season tour to the US.

"We are becoming a strong team," he told Inter Channel. "We showed against Manchester United that we are a real team with whom we can compete on a level playing field.

"I didn't think they created much and a lot of that is down to the defenders.

"We looked good in possession, but have another important test against Roma soon."

Hernandez 'happy' to hear of Inter interest

The Manchester United striker says he is aware of the Italian club's pursuit of his signature but insists it would be disrespectful to the Red Devils to discuss a potential move

Javier Hernandez has admitted he is aware of interest from Inter Milan in his signature but refused to speculate on his future at Manchester United beyond the summer transfer window.

Hernandez, who has also been linked with Atletico Madrid, scored 20 goals in all competitions in his first season at Old Trafford but has since struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI, developing a reputation as a 'super-sub'.

The Mexican has never been fond of the label, however, leading to suggestions he could leave United due to the status of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney as the club's first-choice strike pairing.

"I know of Inter's interest, I'm happy for this reason," Hernandez told reporters on the Red Devils' pre-season tour of the USA, according to Corriere dello Sport

"There are many clubs that want me, but at the moment I am a Manchester United player and it isn't respectful to talk about other teams. I don't know my future, we will see after the USA tournament."

Former United captain Nemanja Vidic, who joined Inter upon the expiry of his contract in Manchester this summer, has expressed his admiration of Hernandez in recent weeks.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Inter Milan boss Mazzarri: Torino tough opener

Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri rates Torino as a tough opening day fixture

The Serie A fixtures were released this morning.

"Torino is one of the toughest places to play in Serie A against a team that is well-drilled, finished the last season on a high and qualified for the Europa League," Mazzarri told the official Inter website.

"However, every game in Serie A hides dangers and they are all very difficult."

Nerazzurri fans are already looking forward to the Derby della Madonnina with Milan in Week 12 and Juventus in Week 17.

"Of course, these are the classics. The Derby is a little earlier compared to last season, but Juve are right at the end, whereas last time we faced them at the start.

"These are prestigious games, but it doesn't matter when they take place, as sooner or later you've got to face everybody."

Monday, July 28, 2014

Inter Milan delegation in Southampton for Osvaldo talks

Inter Milan are moving for Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo.

The Daily Mail says Inter will send a delegation to Southampton on Tuesday to discuss the proposed transfer of Osvaldo.

The 28-year-old is set on a return to Italy but Inter want a loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The Italian, who is also a target for Valencia, managed just three goals in nine starts for the Saints since his £15million move from Roma last summer and failed to impress out on loan at Juventus.

Olympiakos have also enquired. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mazzarri: 'Inter on right track'

Walter Mazzarri was impressed with Inter's win over Real Madrid "Yann M'Vila was better than expected."

Mauro Icardi's spot-kick cancelled out a Gareth Bale wonder strike in California last night, so the Guinness International Champions Cup tie was decided in a shoot-out.

"For the first 15 minutes we were a little static and our midfield was brand new, but strangely we started playing well after conceding the goal and got better as the game went on," said the Coach.

"I warned the younger players that Real Madrid always want to win and give it personality, even in a friendly tournament. These are two great clubs and that means always wanting the victory.

"M'Vila came on well in the second half. His fitness levels need to improve, but he was better than expected.

"Aside from the penalties, Icardi put in a good performance. He's on the right track, though everyone has to improve as the summer goes on."

Mazzarri was asked what his targets were for this season, his second on the Inter bench.

"We don't have a precise objective, we just need to take Inter back where they belong. Our mentality is to never settle and that was on show here."

Inter defeat Real Madrid on penalties

Inter beat Real Madrid on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Guinness International Champions Cup.

Their US campaign kicked off in Berkeley California, though Carlo Ancelotti was without many of his star names so soon after the World Cup.

Bale was one of the most senior members of the starting XI and his looping header thumped the crossbar after just three minutes.

Bale did get his goal, given far too much room to run straight at the defence and unleash a swerving screamer from distance that left Samir Handanovic rooted to the spot.

The Nerazzurri took a while to get going until Jonathan nodded off target on the counter, then Handanovic palmed a Bale free kick round the post.

Jonathan's set piece was whipped into the box, but none of his teammates could make the most of it, while Joel Obi and Ruben Botta ballooned over.

Straight after the restart Dodo was furious at a Raul de Tomas challenge, reacting with a shove that sparked a small melee. Danilo D'Ambrosio's finish was too weak, but Yann M'Vila saw a wonderful curler fingertipped out from under the bar.

Inter were awarded a penalty when Sobrinho nudged Nemanja Vidic as he jumped to reach a cross. Mauro Icardi kept his cool to convert with a delightful Panenka-style dink.

The Nerazzurri looked stronger as the game wore on and forced a desperate double save out of Jesus Fernandez on Vidic and the Marco Andreolli follow-up.

Juan Pablo Carrizo was also called into action, smothering a Mascarell effort, but the tie ended all square after 90 minutes.

In the rules of this tournament, the teams must decide a winner on penalties: the victor getting two points and the losing side one.

Carrizo had a great start, pushing Isco's spot-kick on to the upright. Vidic and Lucas converted, but Yuto Nagatomo's attempt was parried.

M'Vila fired straight on to the post, but Carrizo stuck out a foot to save from Illaramendi and Mascarell ballooned over the bar.

Icardi converted the decisive kick low into the near bottom corner, giving Inter victory in the shoot-out and two points.

Real Madrid 1-1 Inter (2-3 on pens)

Scorers: Bale 11 (R), Icardi pen 68 (I)

Penalties: Isco (R, saved), Vidic (I, scored), Lucas (R, scored), Nagatomo (I, saved), Nacho (R, scored), M'Vila (I, missed), Illaramendi (R, saved), Juan Jesus (I, scored), Mascarell (R, missed), Icardi (I, scored)

Real Madrid: Diego López (Jesus Fernandez 46); Carvajal, Pepe (Mascarell 65), Nacho, Diego Llorente; Illarramendi, Medrán (Derik 65), Isco; Lucas Vázquez, Raúl de Tomas (Sobrinho 53), Bale (M Llorente 53)

Inter: Handanovic (Carrizo 63); Vidic, Ranocchia (Andreolli 63), Juan Jesus; D'Ambrosio, Jonathan (Bonazzoli 90), Kuzmanovic (M'Vila 63), Obi (Krhin 78), Dodò (Nagatomo 78); Botta (Laxalt 78), Icardi

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Galatasaray fight Inter for Medel

Inter face competition from Galatasaray for Gary Medel, as Cardiff City name new terms for the defender.

The deal for the Chile international is still some way off, despite negotiations dragging on for weeks.

According to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Cesare Prandelli's Galatasaray have leapt into the lead with a new offer worth up to €12m.

Inter are currently only prepared to go up to €9m, but they have the important all-clear from the player.

Sky Sport Italia maintain Cardiff City have drawn up new terms, as they want €8m plus €1m in performance-related bonuses rather than the previously-agreed €7m plus €2m add-ons.

Manchester United ‘to be offered Fredy Guarin deal’ as Inter Milan bid to land Javier Hernandez

Manchester United could be offered a deal for Fredy Guarin as Inter Milan try to seal a move for Javier Hernandez.

Reports in Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim the Serie A side would be willing to let Guarin move to the Premier League in order to convince United to part with striker Hernandez.

The Mexican's former team-mate Nemanja Vidic has already spoken of his desire for the 26-year-old to join him at the San Siro, saying: 'These things are up to clubs.

'Obviously, Chicharito will be a good signing for every club and we'd be glad to have him.'

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are also said to be keen on Hernandez, but Inter are believed to be ready to steal a march on their rivals by offering Guarin as part of the deal.

The midfielder has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Chelsea keeping tabs on the Colombian.

Guarin is said to have turned down moves to both Wolfsburg and Zenit St Petersburg in recent weeks, but is thought to be keen to play in England, while Juventus are also interested.