Javier Zanetti admitted he would consider a Nerazzurri comeback, but his compatriot and ex-team-mate asserted that Mancini still has the club’s backing after a tough season
Inter have no plans to replace Roberto Mancini with Diego Simeone, despite the Atletico Madrid coach’s desire to return to San Siro.
Simeone recently outlined his desire to return to the Nerazzurri as coach, having enjoyed a successful two-year spell at San Siro as a player.
The Argentine has transformed Atletico into title challengers in Spain and Europe since returning to the Vicente Calderon.
Nevertheless, Inter vice-president Zanetti has insisted Inter are still fully behind Mancini.
“I know that Simeone would like to coach Inter at some point,” Zanetti told RMC.
“But we already have Mancini, who is a great coach.”
Simeone won the UEFA Cup with Inter in 1997-98, but eventually left the Nerazzurri for Lazio in 1999.
He has been in charge of Atletico since December 2011, guiding them to titles in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, as well as reaching two Champions League finals.
Davide Santon haven’t played a lot under Roberto Mancini and is likely to leave Inter on the summer. The question stays if he’d get more opportunity under Diego Simeone, he may not leave Inter. Odds that Simeone will actually join Inter after the final Champions League match are like winning on the New Bingo Sites, you never know.
Inter moved quickly having seen Santon convince them that he was capable of steering clear of the treatment table and thriving in familiar surroundings.
Newcastle’s loss would appear to be their gain.
As Santon strutted his stuff in Serie A over the second half of the season, those he left behind went into freefall as St James’ Park saw manager Alan Pardew depart for Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and results on the field take a sudden turn for the worse.
Newcastle, with a threadbare squad – particularly at the back – fended off the threat of relegation by the skin of their teeth, but serious questions are being asked this summer.
Among them are, who comes in to join the ranks?
Steve McClaren has been appointed as manager, but considerable alterations are expected to the playing staff.
Bodies are badly needed in defence, an area where Santon’s versatility – as a man capable of operating on either side of the back four – would have come in very useful.
Newcastle, though, who recouped just £2.8million of the reported £5.3m they paid for the Italy international when offloading him back to Inter, are now having to scour the market once again and prepare themselves to dig deep into the coffers.
Trippier is reported to have a release clause in his contract of £3.5m, a very reasonable fee but one which Newcastle could have avoided paying for a player who doesn’t add too much to what they already had on their books in the not too distant past.
To compare Trippier with Santon is easy enough, with both 24 years of age.
Newcastle wound not, therefore, be parting with the old and bringing in the new. Santon is also considerably more experienced that his defensive counterpart and has graced the very top of the game – the Champions League and senior international stage – while drawing high praise from the likes of Marcello Lippi and Jose Mourinho.
Trippier, on the other hand, has one year of top-flight experience under his belt and two England U21 caps to his name.
He may have shown last season that he is capable of holding his own among English football’s elite, but Santon had hardly embarrassed himself at that level and was a player at a similar stage of his career that could have gone on to scale even greater heights if patience had been shown and his full potential had been given time to be unlocked.