'Thohir's not a snake oil salesman,' says former Inter president Pellegrini

The Nerazzurri chief has been backed to guide the club into a new era of success by a man who once walked in the same shoes as the Indonesian billionaire at the San Siro

Former Inter president Ernesto Pellegrini says Erick Thohir is "not a snake oil salesman" and will restore the Nerazzurrito their former glories.

The Indonesian was appointed president of the Italian giants last November after acquiring a 70% stake in the club from Massimo Moratti.

Pellegrini, who owned the club for 11 years from 1984 to 1995, had previously said he was sceptical about the new owner but now admits he counts him as a friend and feels he is the right man for the club.

“I must admit I have changed my mind after I met him,” he told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “He wanted to meet me so I invited him to my house for lunch before the derby.

“There were 35 friends there and he made a good impression on us all. He was happy and he told me he would be back.

“I thought he was a simple man, helpful, balanced and full of enthusiasm, he's not a snake oil salesman.

“We have agreed to meet again with our families. I feel like a friend and I like the respect he showed me the last time he saw me.

“Within two or three years, as he said, Inter can get back to winning. The base is already there.”

Thohir has already signalled his intent in the transfer market by confirming the summer arrival of Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, with further recruits reportedly set to follow.