Iconic Inter Shotstopper Julio Cesar Backs Handanovic to Stay Put

Inter-bound shotstopper Andre Onana is sure to hand coach Simone Inzaghi a goalkeeping dilemma. The Cameroon guardian was chosen by the Nerazzurri management to succeed veteran goalkeeper Samir Handanovic ahead of the 2022/23 season, but replacing the 37-year-old club captain was never going to be easy.

It is a belief reflected by one of Inter’s best ever goalkeepers, Julio Cesar, who was as instrumental as Handanovic, or perhaps more, during the club’s treble winning days under now Roma tactician Jose Mourinho. However, even Cesar didn’t last as long as his successor, who is now in his tenth season running in the black and blue of Inter.

“Samir Handanovic is a goalkeeper who knows the atmosphere of Inter well, he knows how to behave inside the club. I think that, even if Onana arrives, he will train to be the starter,” he said (via FCInterNews).

Handanovic already has 14 clean sheets in 2021/22, making him the league’s best goalkeeper according to statistics. Moreover, he is out to charge his Nerazzurri troops for their second successive Scudetti title – something Cesar believes will etch his legacy further.

“Winning the Scudetto this year would give him even more strength, convincing the club that he can be number one because he has talent and takes great care of the details. physical level. He can still do 1-2 years as a number one,” he concluded.

Inter currently possess a game in hand and sit on par with Napoli at 66 points, two behind league leaders Milan.