Rome - Inter Milan's under-fire coach Walter Mazzarri has
committed his future to the Serie A club following president Erick Thohir's
vote of confidence earlier this month.
"I'm definitely staying because I have a
contract," Mazzarri told a news conference on Wednesday. "I've
already spoken about my contract with (technical director Piero) Ausilio, so
it's pointless that we continue to talk about it.
"I have a contract at Inter. I had to work with a
contract that was running out before at Napoli and I did well there."
Inter came fifth in Serie A and qualified for the Europa
League after an inconsistent campaign in which they finished 42 points behind
Inter fans were quick to express their displeasure during
the season, in particular over a botched swap deal involving striker Fredy
Guarin and Juve counterpart Mirko Vucinic.
Supporters were also unhappy when Mazzarri did not bring on
veteran Javier Zanetti during a 1-0 defeat by AC Milan at the start of May. It
would have been the Argentine defender's last Milan derby before he retired
after 19 years at the club.
However, club president Thohir made it clear he wanted
Mazzarri to stay, saying he would respect the coach's contract, which runs out
at the end of next season.
"The important thing is there's great
respect between us," Mazzarri added. "I'm very happy with the phone
call that came after the win against Lazio (4-1 in Zanetti's last game at the
San Siro). Thohir called me, happy to have qualified for Europe."
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