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Inzaghi Bags Another Award As Inter Director Reveals How The Club Was Close To Signing AC Milan Star

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Having already won his first major trophy as coach recently, Inter Milan manager Simone Inzaghi has won the Panini Best Serie A Coach Award, beating Thiago Motta to the award in recognition of his feat with the Nerazzurri this season.

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The Nerazzurri boss emerged as the favorite candidate after guiding his team to the Scudetto title. Inter won the league by a landslide with five matches to spare. They mathematically secured the title by beating AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina a couple of weeks ago.


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Therefore, the 48-year-old was widely praised for the way his team operated this season. The Beneamata also produced great displays and boast a magnificent goal difference. They only lost two matches thus far, both stunningly coming against the struggling Sassuolo.

Therefore, Inzaghi’s colleagues handed him the award in a majority vote.The Inter manager’s main rival was Thiago Motta who has been equally impressive this term. The Italo-Brazilian is in charge of Bologna who are now on the cusp of securing a historic Champions League qualification.

The Emilians currently sit 4th in the Serie A table, and their style of play is one of the most compelling in Europe. Nevertheless, the 41-year-old’s exploits weren’t enough to pip Inzaghi for the first place.

According to Panini’s Instagram account, Inzaghi won the maiden edition of the award by earning 55% of the votes. As the organizers revealed, Inzaghi will receive the award in a ceremony held in Rimini between the 6th and 8th of June.

The iconic football sticker company (Panini) inaugurated the winner in association with the Italian Football Coaching Association (AIAC) and it’s expected to be a yearly event. This will not be his first award as Inter Milan coach, or the first recognition of the work he has done at the club.

He was nominated alongside Pep Guardiola and Luciano Spalletti in the coach category for UEFA awards and also won the Enzo Bearzot awards few weeks ago. It’s clear that this won’t be his last award as Inter coach.

Meanwhile…

Inter director Piero Ausilio has revealed how he had personally reached an agreement with Rafael Leao before his move to Milan but refuses to explain why he didn’t finalise the deal. Leao joined Milan from Lille in a €30m deal in the summer of 2019.

But Inter director Ausilio has now revealed that the Portuguese star could have joined the Nerazzurri instead. “Leao was very close to Inter. I met him in London, and I reached an agreement, but I won’t tell you why we didn’t close the deal,” the Nerazzurri sports director told Inter expert Fabrizio Biasin during a live interview on Instagram earlier today.

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Leao has 13 goals and 13 assists in 44 appearances across all competitions with Milan. Last summer, he signed a contract extension with the Rossoneri until June 2028, becoming the highest-paid pair player on the team with a €7m-a-year salary.

His new agreement with the Serie A giants includes a €175m clause but according to the latest report from La Gazzetta dello Sport, no top European clubs are convinced to match it and sign the Portuguese star in the summer.

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