Geoffrey Kondogbia has been enjoying a first taste of Milan today after arriving for his medical with the Nerazzurri. Inter Channel caught up with the incoming French midfielder to hear his thoughts on the move:
“Being a part of this great team is a dream come true. I want to be here for as long as possible. As a kid I used to watch Inter play on TV, and now I’m joining this huge club. I will give my all.”
Kondogbia also spoke about the fervent enthusiasm with which the fans have greeted him in Milan:
Italian side Parma have been relegated to Serie D after the club failed in their bid to find a buyer who could relieve them of their debt.
“The administrators of Parma FC, Dr Angelo Anedda and Dr Alberto Guion, communicated that as of 14.00 today, June 22 2015, no offers have been received for the sporting rights of the club,” said a statement on the club’s website.
“In the coming hours the administrators will meet with the creditor’s committee and the bankruptcy judge Dr Pietro Rogato to make the necessary arrangements for the bankruptcy proceedings.”
Geoffrey Kondogbia says that a phone call from Inter coach Roberto Mancini convinced him to join Inter instead of city rivals AC Milan.
The deal was snatched out of the hands of city rivals AC Milan, who thought they had a deal to sign the Frenchman agreed. Milan CEO Adriano Galliani said he thought it was a “done deal,”
However, Kondogbia said the intervention of Mancini persuaded him to choose the Nerazzurri over their arch-rivals.
“It’s a real pleasure for me and I hope we can achieve big things together,” he told the club’s television channel. “I spoke with Mancini a week ago.
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has unofficially confirmed the signing of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid by telling Sky Sport Italia that he is looking forward to working with the Croatian.
Juve’s general manager Beppe Marotta was reported to have been in Madrid earlier this week to discuss terms with the former Bayern Munich player and his current club, although there has not yet been an official announcement.
However, Allegri confirmed that Mandzukic will be moving to Turin next season by welcoming the 29-year-old to the Serie A club.
Inter Milan appeared to have solved their central defense issues with the news that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign centre-back Joao Miranda in a €15 million deal, that is reported to be €12m up front with a potential €3m in add-ons, while the player will sign a three-year deal worth €2.7m a season.
The Brazil international has spent four seasons at the Vicente Calderon, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League under Diego Simeone.
The 30-year-old defender will link up with Roberto Mancini’s squad after Brazil’s Copa America campaign comes to an end, which is currently taking place in Chile.
We take a closer look at Mateo Kovacic’s performances for Inter over the last three Serie A seasons.
The 21-year-old Kovacic, who has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects on the continent. Which is why Inter should not be selling the Croatia international.
The Nerazzurri were awful last season, but the pieces are in place for Roberto Mancini to mould the squad in his image. The team should be built around the likes of Mauro Icardi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Juan Jesus and Samir Handanovic to provide the foundations for success and Mancini should include Kovacic in that mix.
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Serie A runner-up AS Roma have announced plans for an ambitious £1 Billion (€1.5 billion) plan for a new, privately financed stadium and surrounding business and entertainment centre.
Pending government approval, construction will begin on the city’s outskirts by December and last up to two years, the club’s American president James Pallotta announced Monday as he handed over a detailed dossier on the project to city authorities.
‘If we are going to consistently compete as a top club in the world we need a new stadium, a stadium that is privately owned by AS Roma,’ Pallotta said, adding that the entire project will amount to ‘one of the most important projects in Italy in many, many decades.’
AC Milan have appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic as their new manager only hours after sacking Filippo Inzaghi. Mihajlovic, who stepped down as Sampdoria coach earlier this month after almost two years in charge, has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Rossoneri.
A statement from AC Milan read:
“Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has signed a two-year contract with the club, will be the new AC Milan coach for next season. The club wishes Mihajlovic the best results.”
The Rossoneri, under first-year coach Inzaghi, finished tenth in Serie A this season and will miss out again on European football after finishing eighth the previous year.
A mid-June friendly rarely generates much enthusiasm amongst players and fans, but Tuesday friendly between Italy and Portugal could have massive implications on Italy’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in 2018.
In order to be a seeded team for the June 25 World Cup qualifying draw, the Azzurri must beat Portugal. If they don’t, they will be seeded in pot number 2 alongside Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Croatia will then take Italy’s place amongst the top seeds alongside Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain.
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Interesting comments from Inter manager Roberto Mancini that midfielder Mateo Kovacic will stay at the club, despite near constant rumors suggesting that he is on the verge of a move to Liverpool.
Kovacic had been reported to be one of Brendan Rodgers top targets this summer and Italian and Croatian media outlets have even gone as far to report that personal terms between the player and Liverpool had been agreed, too.
However, Roberto Mancini has poured cold waters on the rumors, firmly stating that Mateo Kovacic is seen as the future star of the Serie A team.