Inter coach Claudio Ranieri has remained coy on the potential signing of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez after Sunday night’s 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.
The two great city rivals have been locked in a tug-of-war over acquiring the services of the Argentina international, with the Nerazzurri now seemingly in pole position to land the forward with the Rossoneri claiming to have ended their pursuit following Alexandre Pato’s decision to reject a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Tevez still seems to have his heart set on joining Milan but Ranieri was ruling out nothing after Inter announced themselves as genuine title contenders courtesy of their win at the Giuseppe Meazza.
"Will he come to Inter after this victory?” the former Roma boss mused during an interview with Sky Sport Italia. “Never say never.”
However, Ranieri then went on to question whether the Argentine would be of added valued to Inter following his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
"The balance [of the team] is now consolidated. How much can this guy who hasn't played for so long give," he said to Radio Radio.
As for the significance of his team’s derby win in terms of the Scudetto, Ranieri insisted that his focus remains qualification for the Champions League.
"We are making great strides,” he enthused. “It was important to beat AC Milan, the first game against the big sides to go in our favour, so I’m satisfied.
“Lately we're playing well. We have rediscovered our energy and also the enthusiasm to do well.
“The Scudetto? As I said from the first day, I’m not speaking about it by choice. We have held up Milan and Juve drew [against Cagliari earlier in the day].
“Before, it was important to enter into the Europa League places, now we can see the Champions League places, so we will just continue taking it one step at a time.
“Inter has it in its DNA to fight for the top positions but we must still improve.”