Zanetti: Inter have faith in Mancini

Internazionale vice-president Javier Zanetti insists they have no intention of parting company with manager Roberto Mancini at the end of the season.

Mancini, who is in his first full campaign with the Nerazzurri after replacing Walter Mazzarri at the helm in November 2014, has been linked with a return to the Premier League, where he won the title with Manchester City.

The Italian looked on course to win his fourth Scudetto with Inter after guiding them to the top of the Serie A standings at the halfway stage of the season, but a dip in form as seen them drop to fifth spot and they trail leaders Juventus by 15 points with eight games remaining.

Mancini’s side are also five points adrift of the Champions League places, and Zanetti is adamant everyone at the club is pulling in the same direction to finish in the top-three, with the 1-1 draw against third-placed Roma last weekend keeping their European aspirations in tact.

“We’ve been clear about it as a club and even he wants to stay here,” Zanetti told Mediaset television.

“We’re now focusing on the end of the season, which is going to be very challenging, but I think we’ve got all that we need to keep working together.

“We still believe in it [Champions League qualification]. The game against Roma [1-1 draw last weekend] was certainly a big answer for us, giving us great belief.

Now the lads have been doing well for the past month and even if we’re five points behind the Giallorossi, I’d say anything can happen in football.

“We can’t change what has happened, all we can do is do well in our next eight games.”