Ex-Arsenal star Sylvinho to link up with Roberto Mancini in Italy - report

Inter Milan

According to reports in Italy, former Arsenal and Manchester City man Sylvinho will join the former Manchester City boss’s coaching staff at Inter.

Roberto Mancini will forever hold a place in the hearts of Manchester City supporters, having guided the club to a pair of trophies during his time in the north west.

The Italian won the Citizens their first Premier League title in the 2011-12 campaign, having claimed the FA Cup the year prior by defeating Stoke City in the final.

But a failure to replicate that success saw him dismissed in May 2013, City fans thanking Mancini for his service by taking out an advert in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

After moving on to Galatasaray – leaving the Turkish giants in May of this year – Mancini now finds himself in familiar surroundings back in his former post at Inter.

The Nerazzurri sacked Walter Mazzarri as head coach late last month, replacing him with Mancini – who won three Scudetti and two Coppa Italia titles in his previous stint on the Inter bench.

The rushed nature of the 50-year-old’s return to San Siro has seen him get his project underway without a full coaching staff, still being assembled after three games in charge.

Mancini has been on the lookout for a technical assistant after longtime club servant Beppe Baresi was dismissed, with Barcelona legend Carles Puyol turning down the job.

Now the ex-striker appears to be looking back to his City past to fill the position, targeting former charge Sylvinho to take over as technical assistant at Inter, per Sky Sport Italia.

The Brazilian played a single campaign for the Citizens in Mancini’s first season at the helm, signed by predecessor Mark Hughes in August 2009 before Mancini was installed in December.

Sylvinho’s time at City wasn’t his first foray into English football, as he holds the distinction of being the first Brazilian ever to play for Arsenal after signing with the Gunners in 1999.

Two years and 80 Gunners appearances later, the left-back was moved on to Celta Vigo to accommodate the rise of a certain then-21-year-old named Ashley Cole.

The Italian press has maintained that everything has already been agreed between Sylvinho and Inter, only an official announcement left to confirm the appointment.

Inter currently sit 11th in the Serie A table after falling 4-2 to Roma at the weekend, leaving Mancini and his staff with plenty of work to do over the remainder of the season.

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