Inter boss wants Chelsea target to stay put

Speaking after Inter's Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Udinese, coach Walter Mazzarri stressed his hope that Chelsea target Fredy Guarin won't leave.

The pressure on Inter tactician Walter Mazzarri continues to rise after the Nerazzurri were dumped out of the Coppa Italia by Udinese and the ex-Sampdoria boss admitted he hopes Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin will stay and help turn things around.

Things haven't gone according to plan for Mazzarri this term with his Inter side in sixth place in Serie A, a massive 18 points behind Juventus.

New owner Erick Thohir has admitted his disappointment in recent weeks as the Nerazzurri haven't delivered the expected results and a 1-0 loss to Udinese prevented the Cup providing any respite.

A goal from Brazilian midfielder Maicosuel proved decisive as Inter again failed to show any attacking threat, leaving Mazzarri hoping that Guarin doesn't leave for Chelsea.

"I'd like Guarin to stay - that's only normal," Mazzarri said in his post-match interview on RAI Sport.

"But if Inter are considering selling him then that must be due to the club's situation. There are eight players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.

"This is probably why I was brought to Inter. At Napoli I joined a club that were sixth last in the table and look where we got in four years."

Mazzarri also hit out at the officiating during Inter's loss to Udinese having seen a strong penalty appeal turned down for shirt pulling by Maurizio Domizzi.

"It's starting to become a joke," he said. "You saw what happened today so people can't just say that's me complaining about referees. For the rest of the season I don't want to talk about officials."

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