Figo admits that Inter's 'winning cycle is over'

The Nerazzurri director has conceded that the Italian giants need to rebuild for the future and that it may take some time before they start winning major honours again

Inter director Luis Figo has admitted that 'an era has come to an end' but the club is working towards building another winning team.

Following the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, the Nerazzurri dominated Italy's Serie A winning five consecutive Scudetti. However, success has eluded the 2010 European champions who finished in sixth place last season.
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“Inter’s era has come to an end, the winning cycle is over but the club is working to get back to being the winning side of previous years, it just take some patience,” Figo told Corriere dello Sport. 

“Scudetto? We’d have to prove that we deserve it. It’s true that we miss the Champions League a great deal, both in terms of prestige and income, but we are in the Europa League now and will try to make the most of it.”

When previous Inter manager Claudio Ranieri was fired there were many reports which suggested the former Real Madrid and Barcelona ace would take over as head coach. In the end though, Andrea Stramaccioni was appointed and Figo reveals that in truth, he was never even considered for the job.

“No, I was never asked, so it was only ever a rumour. At the moment I am not thinking about a management career, as it’s too stressful. After 20 years as a player, I need a little time for me and my family," he continued.

“I am curious to see if I’d be able to handle a squad like Inter or the Portugal team, but it’s too early for that now.”