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The Brazilian midfielder is confident the Nerazzurri will soon return to the top of Italian football and says failing to get into the Europa League next year will be a failure

Inter midfielder Hernanes claims that the club could be challenging for the Serie A title over the next two years.

Hernanes has become a regular in the Inter midfield under Walter Mazzarri since arriving from Lazio in January, helping keep Inter in contention for a spot in next season's Europa League this season.

Since winning five straight titles between the 2005-06 and 2009-10 seasons, Inter have finished second, sixth and ninth in the last three seasons, but Hernanes feels the likely investment from president Erick Thohir can enable them to challenge the likes of champions Juventus in the near future.

"Much will depend on how we close out the season - we must do it in a certain way, it will give us confidence and the fans too," he told Tuttosport.

"I am convinced that in two years we can return to fighting for the Scudetto.

"I came here to win the title, that trophy I am missing in order to feel fulfilled. I got strong emotions when I won the Coppa Italia with Lazio against Roma.

"In Rome I wanted to win the league, and that would have been something grand and historic, but I realised that I could not do so and I decided to accept Inter’s offer."

The Nerazzurri can take a major step towards securing European football when they face Parma this weekend, ahead of the predicted arrival of star names at San Siro over the close-season.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has already agreed to join with a host of other players linked and Hernanes stated Europe is "critical" to Thohir's work at Inter.

"Parma will be a final, because it is a direct clash for Europe. It is critical to give credibility to Thohir's project," he added.

"To not get to Europe would be a failure to me. Inter, technically, are very strong.

"However, we must find consistency against smaller sides who we have stumbled against too many times, particularly at San Siro."

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