Inter must retain Handanovic as number two if they find a new keeper. Samir Handanovic is the kind of character that not many will hate. The Slovenian keeper has been at Inter since 2012. While he is the Nerazzurri captain now, this hasn’t come easy for him. The 36-year-old played for Udinese from 2004 to 2012, when he left to join Inter. The Nerazzurri keeper extended his contract in the wake of Inter not having any replacement for him.
Samir is often criticized for not diving enough. But, the Nerazzurri captain almost always shows up when his club needs him. In the mid-week fixture against Napoli, Samir single-handedly kept Napoli from scoring against a shoddy Inter defence. Last season, Handanovic led the most successful defence in the league. More than fancy saves and unnecessary dives, Handanovic’s experience is what Inter count on.
Inter know that Handanovic won’t be around for long. And thus, they’re actively looking for a replacement. But with the pandemic taking a huge hit on income and getting a world-class keeper being astronomically expensive, Inter are sticking with Samir.
Inter must retain Handanovic when they sign a new keeper
There’s a very good chance that Inter won’t be signing a world-class keeper. The Nerazzurri will be looking to unearth a gem from a smaller Serie A side rather than spending big. The other option is to give Radu a chance to prove himself. The 23-year-old Romanian keeper is not a bad replacement for the likes of Handanovic. Inter must retain Handanovic as the second choice keeper when Radu takes over from him. Samir has a lot to offer to the youngster and can turn out to be a great mentor. Also, Handanovic is the calming presence an inexperienced Inter side will relish in the dressing room. Lastly, Handanovic has done such a great service to the club, that he deserves to stay for a while.