Inter Milan have officially announced the appointment of Massimo Tarantino as the new Director of their youth academy.

Tarantino’s arrival is confirmed in a press release on the Nerazzurri’s official site. Tarantino arrives to take the place of Roberto Samaden.

Inter have been tasked with replacing Roberto Samaden, who has stepped down as the head of the club’s youth academy.

The 57-year-old’s contract ran out at the end of last month. Now, he has officially ceased his association with the Nerazzurri, one which goes back more than three decades.

To replace Samaden, Inter have identified former Napoli defender Tarantino. The 51-year-old had been the Sporting Director of Siena, but his contract with the Serie B club is up. This has left him free to join Inter, and he has now made the move official.

Tarantino has also held positions as Sporting Director of SPAL, and Academy Manager of Bologna and Roma.

Inter Milan Appoint Massimo Tarantino As New Director Of Youth Academy

Tarantino had already had a brief stint as an Inter player, during the 1996-97 season. This, however, did not see him register any Serie A season.

The 51-year-old should certainly have more of an active role in his new position, however.

Tarantino is pleased to have joined Inter.

He said, “I feel so much joy: when you join a big club like Inter you can’t help but be happy.”

“I’m excited and curious,” he continued. “For me it’s a second chance in the Nerazzurri: I grew up listening to Inter matches on the radio and as a footballer I wasn’t able to live the experience to the full.”

“I wasn’t able to achieve that dream as a player, now I have a new opportunity.”

Tarantino stated that “I feel the responsibility to coach players but above all people: Inter have always done it, I will try to do it to the best of my ability.”

“The goals are to train, and to create technical, human and economic values,” Tarantino explained.

“Above all, I want to make it up to the Club with my work.”