Inter coach Mazzarri signs one-year contract extension

Rome: Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the Serie A club until 2016, president Erick Thohir announced on Wednesday.

"We`re very happy to have extended our coach`s contract. With this extension we have made it clear that Mazzarri is a cornerstone of our project," Thohir said in a statement on the club`s official website ( 

"I`m confident with the hard work and dedication he has shown he`ll achieve great things at this club." 

Thohir, who took over from long-term owner Massimo Moratti in November, announced news of the contract extension on Monday, when he also revealed that Javier Zanetti would be the club`s new vice-president after 19 years as an Inter player.

"I hope to be able to repay the faith shown in me (by Thohir) with my work on the pitch. I`ll do everything in my power to get Inter back where the club belongs in Italy and Europe," Mazzarri said.

News of the extension is likely to be met with a mixed reception by Inter fans, who last season protested both Thohir`s running of the club and the inconsistent performances on the field that led to them finishing a distant fifth in Serie A.

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