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What have we learned about the team's future?

Now that the season is over Mancini has been a little more honest about potential changes to the squad

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With the 15/16 season concluded attention can now turn to the summer transfer market. There will probably be a decent number of changes to the squad, though nothing as major as the overhaul that occurred during the previous summer. While the season was ongoing there was only rumors and speculation to go on, but now that the season is over Roberto Mancini has started to talk more openly about what the future holds for this Inter team.

First, Mancini definitively stated that he would be sticking around next season. He talked about how he feels like the club's hierarchy supports him and his vision for the team. This can only help him feel confident for the upcoming transfer market as well as allow him to know that he has time to make sure the team gets back to the Champions League. That isn't his only goal though, he talked about how next season he wants to win a trophy as well as finish in the top three. In an earlier article I talked about which of those two objectives the club should prioritize but it is clear that Mancini wants both.

He also turned his attention to some potential arrivals and departures. He confirmed that Adem Ljajic would be returning to AS Roma, a move we all expected. His deal only included an option to purchase which made him a natural sacrifice due to missing the Champions League, plus his inconsistent performances and poor temperament didn't exactly endear him to the manager. But as one playmaker departs, another arrives. Mancini all but confirmed that Ever Banega would join the Nerazzurri on a free transfer this summer, his ability to control the play from deep was a trait the team desperately needed this season.

As more time passes the fate of other players (such as Alex Telles, Marcelo Brozovic, Stevan Jovetic, and Samir Handanovic) will become clear. Some will surely depart but with Thohir's backing, Mancini must be confident that he can improve the side and push on to achieve his objectives next season.