Inter stick with Stramaccioni

Promising coach handed three-year contract

Andrea Stramaccioni: Rewarded for his efforts after stepping in as interim coach

Ezequiel Lavezzi: Inter are yet to hold transfer talks regarding the Napoli forward

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Inter Milan have handed a three-year contract to Andrea Stramaccioni after seeing him impress during a stint as interim coach.

The 36-year-old was promoted to the senior dug-out from the youth team ranks in March following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

He oversaw a late-season revival in fortunes, but was unable to guide Inter into the UEFA Champions League.

He will, however, be given the opportunity to push for a top-three finish in 2012/13 after being handed the reins on a permanent basis.

"Yes, his contract was renewed earlier for three years," Inter president Massimo Moratti told reporters on Tuesday.

Future

Stramaccioni has no previous top-flight coaching experience and had only been with Inter's youth team for less than year before being promoted into the top job.

He is, however, considered to be the man to guide Inter towards an exciting future.

Moratti expects his new boss to blood a number of Inter's successful youngsters into the senior set-up next term, after seeing them win the U21 Next Gen European Championship, but he will also be given money to spend.

Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is understood to be a top target, but no discussions have been held as yet regarding a summer swoop.

"We said that we'd be in touch, but neither of us has been able to as we've both been busy," Moratti said when asked if he had spoken with Napoli counterpart Aurelio De Laurentiis about the Argentine playmaker.