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Geoffrey Kondogbia

It’s been 5 years since Inter last won the famous treble under Mourinho’s management during the 2009/10 campaign. Inter Milan have been on a steady decline since then, degrading in every subsequent season and failing to qualify for the Champions League next season. However, the next season looks set to be one with a lot of promise as Inter have finally made a signing of intent with the capture of Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had publicly prioritized a powerful central midfielder as a new signing for his Inter side for the coming season and was reportedly targeting Yaya Toure. The signing of Kondongbia has not only instilled hope in the fans but also showed them intent in the form of making young, talented players a priority over chasing veterans.

The Frenchman started his career with lowly-Lens but showed his untapped ability away with Sevilla in Spain. Wanted by many clubs, he eventually joined the then nouvea-riche Monaco for €20m, among other high-profile signings made by the club like James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.

Kondogbia made a total of 26 appearances in the league for Monaco during the 2013/14 season on their way to a second place finish in the league. His best moment in a Monaco shirt came in Europe in the previous season as the 22-year-old put in a stellar performance as Monaco beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates.

Much like in the mould of Yaya Toure, the French international drives forward with the ball at his feet with purpose and intent, initiating attacks for his team while also offering a defensive shield for his backline. A versatile addition to the squad – Kondongia can play a range of positions for the Nerazzurri as he can also operate at centre-back and at left-back when required. Also, the young Frenchman still has a lot of room for improvement and Inter fans can be assured that he will develop his game further under Mancini’s guidance.

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