Kondogbia: Pioli restored my confidence

Internazionale midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has praised head coach Stefano Pioli for his return to form after an indifferent start to the season.

After a poor individual start to the campaign, which saw the France international dropped from the Nerazzurri starting XI, the 24-year-old looked destined to leave Italy.

However, the sacking of Frank de Boer culminated in the former Sevilla midfielder establishing himself as a first-team regular at the Italian giants.

Now, Kondogbia has finally opened up about the poor treatment from the Dutchman, claiming he destroyed his confidence after an embarassing display against Bologna.

"Against Bologna, I suffered a little humiliation," he told beIN Sports. "But the worst to think come out of it was the press conference [from De Boer] after the game. I didn’t like that.

"At that point, something had broken between us. I think that it was a big lesson for me and I did come through the experience better for it, especially mentally.

"When Pioli arrived, the first thing that he said to me was that it was inconceivable that a player like me had ended up in the situation I had," Kondogbia added. 

"He put his trust in me and it paid off. I was much better."