Santon: Kovacic will be world class

The Croatia internatonal has been in good form for Inter and his team-mate believes he has what it takes to be one of the very best around

Inter defender Davide Santon has tipped Croatia international Mateo Kovacic to be one of the best in the world.

The 20-year-old playmaker has been one of the few bright sparks in what has been a difficult season for the club who sit 10th in Serie A after 23 matches – 10 points behind Napoli who occupy the final Champions League place.

And Santon believes the former Dinamo Zagreb man has what it takes to become one of the game’s greats.

“He’s a young lad and has the talent to become a world-class player,” Santon told Sky Sport Italia. “His time will come, mark my words.”

Santon went on to pledge his support to new coach Roberto Mancini, who returned to the club for his second stint in charge at San Siro in November but managed just two victories in his first 10 Serie A games.

“Mancini has a wealth of experience and has won so much during his career. He gives us such a boost – we’re a young, growing team,” said Santon, who is targeting a third-straight league victory when his side visit Cagliari on Monday.

“We’re determined to win our third game on the spin. Cagliari is a big match, especially as we want to go into Thursday against Celtic in the Europa League on a high.”

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