At today’s press conference Luís Figo and Inter Milan revealed that they have come to an agreement about Figo’s future at Inter. The 42-year old manager will extend his contract with Inter until 2018 which will grant him a weekly wage of €100.000. The former Portuguese winger says he is delighted with this extension.
”Of course, my job is only to manage Inter, but I see it as my mission to bring back the club’s identity.”
FIGO EXTENDS HIS INTER STAY
Those were the words of an inspired Luís Figo at his last press conference following his contract extension.
Following the departures of the icons Javier Zanetti, Diego Milito, Walter Samuel and Esteban Cambiasso last summer Inter is facing a serious identity crisis. Who is the leader in the Inter squad in 2015? Andrea Ranocchia? Fredy Guarín? Juan Jesus? Although Inter have several promising players to their disposal they lack the credibility of a real leader figure. This was something Luís Figo mentioned as a serious issue and something that he feels the club needs to adress in the summer.
His statements has of course started speculation about what players might arrive at San Siro in the summer. The press is unanimous that Internazionale will work to sign more Italian players in order to create a stronger domestic core. The most frequently linked player is Sampdoria midfielder Roberto Soriano. Other players linked with the club are Cagliari’s 28-year old midfielder Daniele Dessena and the Empoli-duo Mirko Valdifiori and Lorenzo Tonelli. Milan’s talented winger Stephan El Shaarawy has also been linked with a move to city-rivals Internazionale.
Foreign players linked with a move to Inter are Shakhtar Donetsk-striker Luiz Adriano along with his teammate and fellow Brazilian Fernando. However it is yet uncertain if Inter will be allowed to bring in the duo as they’ve allegedly reached an agreement for the Argentinian centre-back Emanuel Mammana from River Plate and thus already filled their non-EU players quota. Another rumour that constantly emerges in the media is that Inter will try to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Milano. Luís Figo even took the time to comment on the rumour, although in a slightly mysterious way.
”If we are working on Ibrahimovic? Of course we are. He is a world class player, we always look to strengthen the team with players like him. Will he join us this summer? I don’t know, I’m not the man to ask...”