Zanetti reveals Inter interest in Benatia

The centre-back joined Bayern Munich from Roma last August but could be set for a swift return to Italy if the Nerazzurri get their way

Inter sporting director Javier Zanetti has labelled Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia a “great champion” and said the club would be “happy” if he moves to San Siro.

The Moroccan left Roma for Bayern Munich last August but has been linked with a return to Italy, with Roberto Mancini reportedly a big admirer of his talents.

However, Inter finished eighth last season and failed to qualify for Europe, but Zanetti is remaining upbeat over a possible move for the centre-back.

“We speak of a great champion, a great champion, but you have to speak cautiously as negotiations are complicated,” he said.

“If he comes we are all happy.”

Zanetti acknowledged the club were looking to strengthen an Inter squad already bolstered by Mauro Icardi’s recent contract renewal.

“We spoke with Mancini and the idea is to build a great team. We start with one [signing] then we will see,” he added.

“We are working hard to return to being title challengers and we are doing everything to ensure we can be competitive, starting from next season. However, it’s not been easy for Italian football right at the moment.

“We need to pay attention to a lot of things, but our objective is to build a squad as soon as possible that can reach the top again.

“[Sporting director] Piero Ausilio is doing everything he can to make Mancini happy. He understands the market really well and he will help us to get back among the best in Italy very soon.”

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