Mateo Kovacic set for advanced role

Mateo Kovacic of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the TIM cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and AS Cittadella at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 18, 2013
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Walter Mazzarri will move Inter Milan youngster Mateo Kovacic into a more advanced role this season.

Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic could be set for a more advanced role under new coach Walter Mazzarri.

The Croatian youngster arrived at the San Siro as an attacking midfielder in January, but impressed in a deep-lying role.

He will now be moved further up the pitch again, with Mazzarri predicting that that will be his best position.

"I think he [Kovacic] can really make a difference in the final third," Mazzarri told reporters.

"I'm trying to give him some advice; he's young and needs time to develop. I think he's the sort of player I'd like to see operating a bit further up the field.

"He's a versatile player who can play in three positions. In the future I think he could play his best football in the hole, or out wide in a front three."

Inter take on Catania later today.

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