The past week in Inter’s news cycle has resembled a boulder rolling down a mountainside, crushing anything in its path and rapidly picking up speed. Even in a quiet week, however, Daniele Padelli’s exit would barely make the headlines. The 35-year-old netminder’s contract at Inter expires this summer and he’s rejoining Udinese after eight years away on a two-year contract.
Padelli has been a reliable backup to Samir Handanovic since joining on a Bosman in the summer of 2017 from Torino. He made only 9 appearances after four seasons in Nerazzurri and kept three clean sheets. Padelli’s biggest game was a start in the second Derby Della Madonnina last season, where Inter came from 2-0 down to win 4-2. The Italian’s sole appearance in this campaign was as a half-time substitute in the season closer against Udinese, the club where his footballing journey continues. Padelli can expect a similar bench role at the Friuli side, behind Manuel Gasperini, Simon Scuffet, and possibly Juan Musso if the Argentine is not sold over the summer. Inter, on the other hand, has only Andrei Radu and 19-year-old Filip Stanković, son of Inter-legend Dejan Stanković, backing up Handanovic. Both of them are rumored to be on the trade/loan block, so it’s possible we see more action on the goalkeeper front in the coming weeks.
Best of luck Daniele!