Mateo Kovacic set for advanced role

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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