Matias Vecino has claimed fellow midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is Inter Milan’s best player.
Antonio Conte has assembled a star-studded squad at the San Siro as he looks to challenge Juventus’ dominance of Serie A, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and Christian Eriksen all at his disposal.
Is Brozovic Inter’s star man? Five things to know…
- Summer arrivals Lukaku (17) and Martinez (11) have scored a combined 28 Serie A goals for Inter this season.
- Conte also sealed the arrival of Eriksen from Tottenham in January.
- But Vecino believes fellow midfielder Brozovic is Inter’s best player.
- The Croatian has covered a league-high 12.5km per game in Serie A this season according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Inter).
- Back in October, Conte suggested Brozovic has the potential to be “world-class”.
Brozovic has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth at Inter in the past but has excelled under Conte, who hasn’t been shy in highlighting areas of the 27-year-old’s game which could be improved.
“Brozo can get better. He can get better with his passes to the attack, he can set up more goals,” he said back in October.
“We are working on this. I think he needs to also work on his defensive game. A holding midfielder must be good in defence too. He can become world-class.”
And Brozovic has clearly listened, completing the third-highest number of passes (1411) in Serie A this season and notching five assists.
This is evidence enough for Vecino to name the Croatia international as Inter’s most “special” player.
“Brozovic, in my view, is the best player we have in the squad,” he said in a Q&A on Twitter. “He is a special guy. Maybe from the outside, there is a different view of him from the reality.”
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Brozovic was reportedly on the verge of leaving Inter last year but, despite having to deal with the arrival of the likes of Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella at the start of the season, he has flourished to become one of Conte’s most important players.
As such, it’s now thought that the Croatian is in line for a new contract, with Conte keen to remove a €60m buyout clause — only valid for teams outside of Italy — from his deal.