Thohir planning to reshape Inter squad
Inter Milan president Erick Thohir has laid out his plans to reduce the average age of the squad, even if it means severing ties with the "heroes of the treble" of 2010.
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Speaking after a 1-1 draw with Chievo Verona that left Inter in fifth place in Serie A at the midway stage of the season, Thohir said his club must look to the future and stop dwelling on the past, although he has called for patience as he puts his plans into practice.
"It's going to be a difficult two or three years," he told Indonesian site Vivanews. "We want a healthy club and we've got to follow the example of English clubs where they are able to deal with their income in such a way that they manage to increase it, enabling them to buy great players.
"At the moment, we have too many players in certain positions and too few in others. We need to strike a balance. We need players aged between 24 and 26. That does not mean we do not appreciate the heroes of the treble, but obviously we need to insert some younger players into the squad."
For those younger players to arrive, others will first have to leave. Out with the old and in with the new is the philosophy which places Inter in a brief moment of transition.
"We have a clear project," Thohir told Republika Online. "We want to build a healthy club which is competitive, and this year is a transitional one. We are not starting from scratch; It's the final year of a fantastic era. From next season, a new era will start."