Inter president Thohir states De Boer admiration

The Nerazzurri chief admits that he has been impressed with the Dutch coach's work at Ajax but gives his backing to the man currently in the dugout at San Siro, Walter Mazzarri
Inter president Erick Thohir has revealed his admiration for Ajax boss Frank de Boer but insists that he has complete confidence in Walter Mazzari.

The Dutchman has won three Eredivisie titles at the Amsterdam Arena in as many years since his appointment in 2010, though Thohir says that his relationship with Mazzarri is a healthy one.

"I greatly admire the work of De Boer at Ajax but I have great confidence in the work that is taking place at this time Walter Mazzarri," the Nerazzurri chief told Rai Sport Mediaset.

"We talk a lot and we meet, it's a good thing. Are there long-term projects with him? Let's take things a step at a time.

"As a player I really like [Lionel] Messi but it isn't one [player] that makes a champion team. Within a group there must be great cohesion. I'm convinced we have a good team, there are also some good strikers and Mazzarri must decide who plays and who does not. It makes me glad there is competition."

With only one point separating Inter and Verona in sixth place, competition for a European spot is Thohir's main concern heading into the final months of the season.

He said: "There are still many games to play. Our goal must be to get to the fourth or fifth place, [which] you need to get to get a European qualification place."

The Indonesian also revealed his happiness that Fredy Guarin remained at the club in January following the arrival of Hernanes from Lazio, after pulling out of a swap deal involving Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

"We assessed that, from an economic point of view, it was not a profitable operation for us," Thohir explained. "Now, with Guarin and Hernanes, we have a midfield among the strongest in the Italian championship."