Leonardo has parted company with Italian club Inter Milan after barely six months in charge. Inter president Massino Moratti confirmed the Brazilian had left the club and that Argentine Marcelo Bielsa could replace him. It is expected that Leonardo will join his former club Paris St Germain in a technical director role; he led Inter to the Coppa Italia title last season but was never fully accepted by some of the club’s fans having managed rivals Milan the season before.
The club seem to have moved quickly in securing a replacement and talks with Bielsa have already begun. Moratti told the Italian press, ‘I do believe that there has been a first contact with Bielsa, even if that wasn’t made by me’. The 55-year-old had coaching spells with Newell’s Old Boys, Velez and Argentina amongst others and he recently left the Chile national job after leading the side to the 2010 World Cup. It has also been reported that the appointment of Bielsa may allow Inter to gain a march on their rivals in the bid to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez as the two share a close relationship having worked together at international level.
Moratti also stated he was disappointed to hear more doubts being cast over the future of Wesley Sneijder. The Dutch midfielder seemed to commit his future to the club last week but stated over the weekend that he could not be sure of staying at Inter beyond the summer, he stated, ‘I love Inter with all my heart, but only God will decide where my future lies’. It has been reported that he currently earns £170,000 a week after tax, something which even Manchester United would struggle to match and it seems if a move is to happen, the player must lower his demands and clearly state his desire to leave. Inter are looking to build a squad ready to challenge Milan for the Serie A title next season as well as improving their European form which was cut short this season by German side Schalke. The latest news can be found at www.inter.it.