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Inter Milan notes & quotes: Feb. 4, 2019

Spalletti safe, Icardi lashes out and much more ...

Italian Sporting Directors Prize
Giuseppe Marotta attends the Italian Sporting Directors Prize on January 29, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
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Marotta says Spalletti is safe

Inter Milan’s CEO for Sport Beppe Marotta told Sky Italia that, despite a 1-0 loss to Bologna and the team showing poor form recently, manager Luciano Spalletti is safe.

”There was a discussion after the match against Bologna. But this is something we normally do after every match, irrespective of the result,” Marotta said, as reported by Inter. “We recognize that we’re going through a difficult spell, something which creates disappointment and unease, especially for our supporters. But Spalletti’s position is very secure.”

He went on to add that he was “sure that we’ll get out of this rut.”

Icardi lashes out

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi took to social media to criticize Inter fans following the team’s 1-0 loss to Bologna Sunday.

“I willingly accept difficulties and obstacles as important steps on the on the path to success. If you don’t love her when she loses, don’t love her when she wins,” Icardi said on his post.

Inter women stay unbeaten

Alice Regazolli and Gloria Marinelli each scored as Inter Milan’s women’s team knocked off Empoli, 2-1 in Milan Sunday.

They now lead Serie B by 14 points – collecting 13 wins in 13 matches. They have scored 47 goals and only allowed five.

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Lazio collects needed win

Fresh off their win over Inter Milan in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals, Lazio backed it up with a 1-0 win over Frozinone to move one point back of AC Milan for fourth in Serie A.

Felipe Caicedo scored after Luis Alberto threaded a nice ball in in the 35th minute.

Frozinone remain second-from-the-bottom in the league.

SSC Napoli v UC Sampdoria - Serie A
Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and UC Sampdoria at Stadio San Paolo on February 2, 2019 in Naples, Italy.
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Hamsik on his way to China

Marek Hamsik will move from Napoli to Dalian after 11 ½ years at in Naples.

The midfielder signed a deal Monday worth €9 million. Napoli will collect €15 million for the transfer fee, according to Gianluca DiMarzio.

Italy Training Session And Press Conference
Nicolò Zaniolo of Italy in action during a training session at Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano on February 4, 2019 in Florence, Italy.
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Zaniolo in demand

It may be a blow to Interisti, but several European clubs are now interested AS Roma youngster Nicolo Zaniolo.

The former Inter youth player was given to Roma for Radja Nainggolan last summer and now Gazzetta dello Sport is suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Chelsea and Juventus are all taking a sharp eye on him.

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