Thohir: “The objective is to stay in Europe and grow stronger with Mazzarri. Handanovic and Icardi will stay. M’Vila and Cerci..”

June 30, 2014 14:16
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President Erick Thohir talked to journalists just outside today’s board meeting that took place at the club’s headquarters in the middle of Milan. Here is what he had to say:

President, tell us about your feelings ahead of this season. What was discussed at the board meeting? 

“Today we talked about the club’s budget that will be presented to UEFA, as the new Financial Fair Play rules will take effect this season. As we are playing in Europa League, and maybe in the Champions League in the future, we will have to respect these rules. The important thing is that we have a budget and the major part of this board meeting was spent on setting the new figures for marketing and developing new international sponsorship deals. As I have explained to you before, in order to compete with the best clubs in Europe we need to find new ways to increase our revenue. Because of this, we are constructing a team with this particular objective: to compete with the other big clubs and make sure we keep up with them.”.

Can you tell us about the future of the medical staff and what will happen with Zanetti and Cordoba?

“Zanetti will be the new Vice President, he has signed a contract for two years and the entire management staff agreed that his shirt number should be retired. There will be several changes around the first team, we have talked to Fassone, Ausilio and of course Mazzarri about this. We are thinking af how to improve the team, on and off the pitch. We want to understand if a profile is adapted to Inter or not. We want to make the team more established with these new objectives: last season our goal was to reach Europe, this season it will be to stay in Europe”.

Will Mazzarri have a team strong enough to compete for a Champions League spot?

“To compete for the Champions League takes time, now we need to focus on the Europa League group stage. In the World Cup we have seen that even teams such as Costa Rica can qualify. Maybe it’s enough to say that Costa Rica’s squad is worth a total of 26 million euro while the Italian squad is worth 25o million. It is very important to have good players of high quality. but it’s also important to build a strong team and unite the group”.

Will M’Vila be the only replacement for Cambiasso?

“You know very well that the transfer window hasn’t officially opened yet and, for me, this is the first experience with this club. Time will be needed”.

Have you recieved offers for Icardi and Handanovic from Atletico Madrid?

“After having talked to Ausilio, I have learned about Atletico’s interest, but we have decided to keep both players. They are two important players for Inter next season and I don’t think there will be any doubt regarding the future of Handanovic and Icardi”.

Do you like Alessio Cerci?

“I have said earlier that he could have been a starting player for Italy, but that doesn’t mean that we like him as a player”.

The Italian media talk about a one-year extension of Mazzarri’s contract. Is there any truth in this?

“The club had a discussion with the head coach and we hope to reach an agreement soon. Everything is evaluated based on that there will be a renewal, then we will work together for two years. I think this is the right thing to do. The last season was a transition period and now we want to build a united team around Mazzarri, we need stability. Growing stronger with him is the right way, but at the same time we need to find players who are adapted to our work”.

What is the real target for next season? Juventus seem very far away..

“As I have already said, the objective is Europe, but we can’t say for sure. Just look at what Costa Rica have accomplished and maybe the US can beat Belgium as well (laughs)”.

 

Source: FcInterNews.it

  • Octo

    m’vila signing would at least make me feel we’re moving somewhere forward.

  • Grey

    Does it mean that 3-5-2 again in next season??

  • handal

    I think INTER should consider bringing in the youth more and to PLAY them in all matches possible even in the EL. this gives them the real approach to a new level of experience and the Club on the other hand would spend less and cut more of unnecessary costs.
    President Thohir was right to keep Mazzarri maybe for another term to make sure all the spending and planning go smoothly. But then if he is seen unfit, i have no doubts Inter can bring in talented coaches that won’t say NO to this exciting team. The likes of Mourinho will never be far, even former Inter player Simone would be great! but i also like to see Walter Zengga given a chance to coach Inter in the future.
    Forza INTER!

  • handal

    We all have to see the logic side here. the club prestige alone will not attract much players. Teams need to win something or being champions for consecutive time to bring in QUALITY players.

    Serie A is not like it once before and other major league are striding far ahead while the league has lost much of its appeal. This is a FACT. The only thing left for Serie A is sadly the “prestige” of the Club’s names like JUVE, AC MILAN and FC INTER.

    That’s why Italian clubs like Inter need to find a-not-so-classy player but have the “glimpse-of-a-future-greats” like Kovacic or at least the heart to wear the jersey with PRIDE.

  • SaPa

    If he want to say that Europe league is target for next season it’s mean we will not to buy a REALY top players and it’s so fucking sad! Thohir doesn’t keep his word !

    • Kiro

      What did you think the target would be, a Scudetto? 😛
      Have you seen our squad?

  • Interista2199

    I think inters previous targets ( dzeko, jovetic..etc) have failed, so It would be reasonable to give inter at least two weeks before we would find a forward.