Ranocchia eyes fresh start at Inter

The Italian defender has struggled for form since arriving at San Siro, but is hoping that his new coach will be able to reinvigorate his career
Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia is hoping for a more fruitful campaign, after a shaky beginning to his career with the Nerazzurri.

The 24-year-old moved to San Siro from Genoa in January 2011, but a lack of form saw him miss out on a place in Italy's Euro 2012 squad.

But he is certain that a a more successful 2012-13 campaign lays ahead, as there is a better atmosphere amongst the squad than before.

"Last year I did not enjoy myself," he revealed to Inter Channel.

"Whether it was in training or playing a game, there was always more tension than enjoyment. I did not have a good experience, but I learnt from those mistakes and have started off this season with more hunger.

"I am enjoying myself and hope to feel this way for the whole season. I want to play as much as possible, and continue along this path.

"If the Italy call comes, it will be because I have earned it. The fans have always been close to me and I cannot wait to replay them."

Inter's next game is a Europa League qualifier against Vaslui on August 23.