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Berni extends his contract, Dimarco departs

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One homegrown player stays, another goes.

International Champions Cup 2014 - AS Roma v FC Internazionale Milano Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Inter’s third-choice goalkeeper will be sticking around for another season. Inter released a statement today announcing that Tommaso Berni has signed a new one-year deal keeping him at the club through the 2016/17 season.

This deal is pretty beneficial for Inter. Since the 33 year old takes up a minimal amount of wages, it makes sense to keep him around especially since he fulfills a homegrown player quota. Third-choice keepers rarely play and given that Berni’s only playing time since he came back to Inter for the 14/15 season was a substitute appearance in the International Champions Cup last year, it’s just good business to have somebody in that position who is cheap and won’t complain about a lack of playing time. The fact that he is a homegrown player is just an added bonus.

Speaking of homegrown players, Federico Dimarco has just left Inter on loan to Empoli for the upcoming season. The 18 year old left-back grew up in the Inter academies and got his Serie A debut in the final match of the 14/15 season against Empoli as a substitute. He spent last season on loan at Serie B side Ascoli, and this year he will get a chance to prove himself in Serie A. The loan includes an option to buy for the Florence based side, but also has a counter-option for the Nerazzurri in case Dimarco seriously impresses.