Inter manager Simone Inzaghi has made clear to the club that midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is central to his plans and that the player should not be sold under any circumstances.
This according to today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, who report that the Croatian midfielder is highly admired by the new head coach, and that he is a cornerstone of the planned midfield.
Brozovic was a highly important player to the midfield balance for the Nerazzurri under Antonio Conte, with the 28-year-old starting the majority of matches.
In his deep midfield role, the Croatian acted as a complement to Nicolo Barella and to a number of third midfielders, including the likes of Stefano Sensi, Roberto Gagliardini, and Arturo Vidal, before Eriksen became nailed on as the third member of Conte’s preferred trio during the second half of last season.
Inzaghi will look to build on this by implementing a similar midfield, but with new signing Hakan Calhanoglu stepping in for the stricken Eriksen.
It is reported that the head coach believes that the early success of the newly-arrived Turkish midfielder will be dependent on the chemistry he has with his teammates, and that Brozovic’s presence will be a key to achieving a functional two-way midfield unit.
For this reason, the coach has made his intention known that Brozovovic should be kept at the club at all costs, despite reported interest from a number of major European clubs and the fact that he has yet to sign a contract extension with his current deal expiring next summer.