Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni hails Mateo Kovacic

Dinamo Zagreb player Mateo Kovacic during his team's match against PSG on November 6, 212
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Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni is delighted with Mateo Kovacic's performances so far and says that the teenager will be a success at the San Siro.

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has backed teenager Mateo Kovacic to be a "star for the future".

The 18-year-old midfielder, who joined the Nerazzurri from Dinamo Zagreb in January, has been in impressive form so far in Italy.

"I have great belief in the lad," Stramaccioni told reporters. "I really wanted him here and his talent is there for all to see.

"Mateo does need to be managed carefully, however. He's 18 years old and he had cramp at one point of the game [against Tottenham Hotspur] on Thursday.

"He played something like 70 or 75 balls and only got five or six wrong - that's incredible. He's a player to be managed carefully for the moment and a certain star for the future."

Kovacic has made three appearances in Serie A and four in the Europa League for Inter.

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni on the touchline during the match against Roma on January 23, 2013
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