Inter will have an ‘unbeatable’ defence under Antonio Conte this season following the signing of Diego Godin.
That, at least, is the opinion of the Nerazzurri’s former centre-back Riccardo Ferri, who won three major trophies for the club in the 1980s and 1990s.
Godin has competed at the highest level for years with Atletico Madrid and Ferri is convinced he still has a lot to give.
“I keep hearing people say he’s already 33 like it’s a handicap, but his age doesn’t worry me,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport today.
“I’m very optimistic about Godin’s arrival because he will bring personality, and that’s a precious quality within a dressing room. It spreads and fills the place with positivity.
“He’s made his mark on all his club sides and his country. Conte has brought a true leader into his side.
“In terms of individual qualities he’s strong in the air and in one-on-ones, he’s physically strong with a good temperament, he’s got good technique and he’s dangerous from set pieces.
“Tactically speaking I think he forms the perfect back-line with Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij, too.”
Ferri also encouraged Inter to ditch their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku and chase one of Godin’s international teammates.
“Edinson Cavani is a forward who gives everything for his team much like Diego,” he added.
“He attacks and defends with the same tenacity and for defenders that’s a nightmare. As soon as you’ve stopped him trying to attack he’s back on top of you to press. A real nuisance.”