De Boer optimistic over Champions League qualification

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Newly-appointed Inter Milan coach Frank de Boer sees no reason why the Nerazzurri can't challenge for Champions League qualification in the 2016/17 Serie A campaign.

The former Ajax Amsterdam boss was unveiled by the Italian giants on Tuesday after putting pen to paper on a three-year contract just one day after Roberto Mancini's departure.

And De Boer is relishing the challenge of restoring Inter to their former glory, saying he will do everything in his power to make the team a force to be reckoned with.

"Nothing is impossible," De Boer told reporters at his unveiling. "Juve have great players and it's going to be difficult, but our aim is to be as competitive as we can and to make their lives as hard as we can.

"Serie A has improved a lot in the last couple of years. The football played here is very modern now.

"What I saw around three years ago, the technical quality wasn't so great, but it's much better right now."

Inter's general manager, Michael Bolingbroke, echoed the sentiments of the Dutch coach, adding: "We need to bring Inter back to the position we belong in, at the top of European football.

"We want to win all the competitions we are in, but above all we need to get back into the Champions League.

"Let's hope we are back there in 2017-18. He only has two weeks to the start of the season so he has his work cut out."

Meanwhile, De Boer also responded to recent rumours suggesting that striker Mauro Icardi could be sold by Inter in the current transfer window.

"First of all we don't want to sell our key players for sure and Icardi is very important and I want to keep all of our important players," he said.

"Of course we analysed the squad very carefully, but we've got to see how things develop. I want everybody to stay right now and then in a few weeks we will see if we need anything else."