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Another International Recognition For Simone Inzaghi As Lautaro Confirms New Contract

Written By Onyeka Daniel

It’s been an almost perfect start to the 2023-24 season for Inter Milan and Simone Inzaghi, compared to the previous season when they struggled initially but finished strongly and they seem to have taken the form to the new season with the results so far setting them as favorites to win the Serie A title.

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It looks like the former Lazio manager has learnt his lessons and is ever improving, proving adept at player management and motivating his players to give their all against opponents. Inzaghi’s good work hasn’t gone unnoticed either as he went toe to toe with Pep Guardiola for the UEFA coach of the year, an award that was eventually won by the former Barcelona manager after his treble winning season with Manchester City.

Recently, Inzaghi also won the manager of the month award in Serie A and now, he has been chosen among the Best 20 coaches in the world, while Guardiola tops the list. British football magazine FourFourTwo revealed its list for the Top 50 managers in the world and the magazine placed Inzaghi in 20th place.


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The 47-year-old lifted the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup trophy last season. He also guided the club toward the Champions League final before succumbing to defeat at the hands of Man City. However, the former Lazio manager would have certainly landed in a higher spot if it wasn’t for Inter’s underwhelming league campaign. The Beneamata finished third in the standings after conceding 12 losses.

Nevertheless, Inter are looking to make up for last season’s league shortcomings. They currently sit on top of the Serie A table after 14 rounds. Inzaghi landed just behind Imanol Alguacil who’s ironically his next opponent in the Champions League. The Spaniard earned his spot after guiding Real Sociedad back to Europe’s elite club competition.

Guardiola clinched the top spot following a historic campaign, leading Manchester City to an unprecedented treble. The Cityzens won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League under the guidance of the former Barcelona boss. He pipped Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti for the accolade.

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi earned an impressive eighth place on the list. Inter captain, Lautaro Martinez had special praise for his manager, while also confirming the rumors about his incoming extension in an exclusive with the club in an interview with SportMediaset.

“We’re close. Signing before January 1st? I hope it happens tomorrow. I’m serene, I feel good here and the same goes for my family. We’re almost ready. Only a couple of details are missing at this point. I’m eager to prolong my contract. People like me here, and I reciprocate the sentiment.

“The management will do its part, and I’ll do mine. There’s no problem.” Lautaro Martinez weighed in on his team’s brilliant season so far. “Honestly, I expected it, but I didn’t think we would hit our stride so soon. Twelve players left last summer, but we signed extraordinary guys who have been working hard since day one. It has happened more quickly than anticipated.”

Lautaro Martinez set the objectives for this season. “I player this sport to win, and, while it’s hard to go far in all competitions, we strive for that. Juventus? The road is still long, and we have to keep going because there are other strong teams like Milan and Napoli. I’d like to score a lot, but the most important thing is for the team to be successful. I aim to grow every year.”

“Simone Inzaghi is a top coach. He has had three incredible years and reached the Champions League final. We haven’t won the Scudetto with him yet, but we’re squarely in the running now. He has grown a lot technically and humanly.” He further added.

Meanwhile…

The Nerazzurri could face some challenges in their bid to sign Lille defender, Tiago Djalo, in the shape of other interested clubs. They’ve reportedly found the basis of an agreement with the player, but they still have to overcome competition from Juventus, Atletico Madrid and PSG.

According to recent reports, Inter remain in pole position to sign Djalo as a free agent in the summer. The Beneamata have reportedly found an agreement in principle with the versatile defender, and the player appreciated the fact that Inter kept him on the shortlist despite his serious injury.

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With his return to action close, the club will wait until the summer before making a move, as part of their free agency recruitment that also includes Napoli midfielder, Piotr ZZielinski. But the Nerazzurri will have to be wary of competition from the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid, who could make their moves as early as January.

As is often the case, it will be up to the player to make the final decision on his future and he’s said to favor a move to Inter, appreciating the fact that they didn’t stop pursuing his signature despite his serious injury from last season.

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