In­ter Mi­lan ex­ec­u­tives ex­press full sup­port for Frank De Boer

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Frank de Boer was given the full sup­port of In­ter Mi­lan ex­ec­u­tives on Fri­day, even though the coach has pro­duced only four wins in the club’s open­ing 10 Serie A matches.

“We’re very sat­is­fied with Frank de Boer,” club CEO Michael Bol­ing­broke said af­ter an In­ter share­hold­ers meet­ing. “He ac­cepted to come here at the last minute and it’s not an easy sit­u­a­tion. We’re 100 per­cent be­hind him.”

De Boer was hired less than two weeks be­fore the sea­son be­gan af­ter Roberto Mancini stepped down un­ex­pect­edly amid a re­ported lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the club’s new own­ers, the Chi­nese re­tail gi­ant Sun­ing.

In­ter is in 10th place, 10 points be­hind Serie A leader Ju­ven­tus. The team has also lost two of three Europa League games un­der De Boer.

In­ter’s chief sport of­fi­cer, Piero Ausilio, said no other coaches have been con­tacted as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for De Boer.

“A lot of peo­ple are of­fer­ing them­selves but In­ter’s bench be­longs to Frank de Boer,” Ausilio said. “We sup­port him and we’re con­vinced that his foot­ball project will be a win­ning one.”

Sun­ing vice pres­i­dent Yang Yang in­di­cated that Erick Tho­hir, the In­done­sian en­tre­pre­neur who pur­chased In­ter from the Mo­ratti fam­ily three years ago, would re­main pres­i­dent.

“We’re very pleased with the cur­rent club setup.” Yang said, ac­cord­ing to the ANSA news agency. “(Tho­hir) is also our part­ner in south­east Asia, where we want to ex­pand. We fully be­lieve in him.”

In June, Sun­ing took con­trol of 70 per­cent of In­ter, with Tho­hir re­tain­ing 30 per­cent.

In­ter says its ad­justed deficit for 2015-16 is less than 30 mil­lion eu­ros ($33 mil­lion), mak­ing the club com­pli­ant with UEFA’s fi­nan­cial fair play set­tle­ment.

Ju­ven­tus coach: ‘Higuain doesn’t have to score ev­ery match’

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri says he isn’t in­ter­ested in see­ing Gon­zalo Higuain score ev­ery match.

Af­ter his Ital­ian-record 90 mil­lion euro trans­fer, Higuain faces for­mer club Napoli on Satur­day on a four-match scor­ing drought.

Al­le­gri says “he’s al­ready scored seven goals and at Juve there are other play­ers who score, too. I’m very pleased with what he’s do­ing, even with­out the ball.”

Last sea­son, Higuain scored 36 goals to break a 66-year-old Serie A record.

Al­le­gri says “we’re not in­ter­ested in see­ing Higuain score ev­ery Sun­day. We’re in­ter­ested in go­ing all the way in ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion.”

Al­le­gri says Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League match against Lyon is more im­por­tant than the Napoli game since the Bian­coneri can ad­vance to the knock­out stage.

‘Florenzi can re­turn in three months’

Alessan­dro Florenzi’s sur­geon says “clear­ance to re­turn to the squad” will prob­a­bly ar­rive in around 90 days.

The Roma mid­fielder rup­tured his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in the Sas­suolo game on Wed­nes­day, and un­der­went surgery to­day.

“Ev­ery­thing suc­ceeded, I didn’t have any prob­lems, ev­ery­thing is calm,” Piero Paolo Mar­i­ani as­sured re­porters af­ter the surgery.

“What else is there to say? There were no sur­prises, so that’s al­ready a good start and we want to con­tinue in this way.

“My sur­gi­cal nurses are Lazio fans, they’ve al­ready made an ap­point­ment for the derby!

“It’s a good start, the player is push­ing and says he wants to re­turn, his first ques­tion wasn’t about the surgery, but when he’d be back.

“From a psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pect he’s fine, we’d wel­come an­other 100 Floren­zis.

“His re­cov­ery time? We’ll take it step-by-step, usu­ally it’d take 90 days for clear­ance to re­turn to squad, then it’s up to the prep team to de­cide whether to de­ploy him im­me­di­ately, and there are foot­ball eval­u­a­tions. Florenzi is an ath­lete, and he’ll con­tinue to be an ath­lete.”

The Gial­lorossi have had bad luck with cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in­juries in re­cent years, los­ing Kevin St­root­man and An­to­nio Rudi­ger among oth­ers, what can be done to pre­vent th­ese in­juries?

“The Pope is in Rome…” Mar­i­ani laughed.“

 There have been a num­ber of stud­ies, in some years ev­ery­thing is fine and in oth­ers there’s a greater in­ci­dence of th­ese in­juries.

“There are so many vari­ables.”

Gon­zalo Higuain

Frank de Boer

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