Javier Zanetti is confident Inter can be competitive next season as they look to re-establish themselves at the top end of Serie A.
Inter laboured to a ninth-placed league finish in a trophyless campaign in 2012-13, leading to coach Andrea Stramaccioni's dismissal, but 39-year-old Zanetti believes the club is back on track to return to the summit of Italian football despite their poor form in pre-season.
"I expect to see a competitive Inter," he told the Inter Channel. From a certain point of view it will be an advantage to have a full week to work from one match to the next.
"We have an obligation to return to the top, and Inter are a team battling for important objectives.
"The pre-season is going well and we have good reason to believe we’ll do well once the season starts."
The Nerazzurri face uncertainty in the immediate future as Erick Thorir attempts to complete a takeover of the club, and Zanetti - who has represented the club for 18 years - is unfazed by the prospect of a change in leadership.
He added: "President [Massimo] Moratti will do what’s good for the club, as he always does."
Inter lost 2-0 and 4-0 to Chelsea and Valencia respectively in the Guiness International Champions Cup in the past week.