Pagliuca: ‘Barella could be the new Inter captain’

Former Inter goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca said Nicolò Barella could be the next captain of the Nerazzurri. ‘I picture him there for many years’.

The Bologna goalkeeping coach played 234 games with the Beneamata between 1994 and 1999 and commented on Beppe Bergomi’s comparison of their team with the Inter of today.

“I heard Bergomi say that this Inter are similar to ours,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “And I think the two teams can be compared.

“We had a very strong attacker, but also [Ivan] Zamorano and [Youri] Djorkaeff. Now there’s [Romelu] Lukaku, but also Lautaro [Martinez] and [Alexis] Sanchez.”

The former goalkeeper was asked about Samir Handanovic’s season with the Nerazzurri.

“It was a bit fluctuating,” he said. “A quiet start, a high-level central phase and several mistakes towards the end.

“Fortunately, they didn’t cost much. It happens to everyone, some more and some less. He still remains a goalkeeper of the highest level.”

But the former shot stopper believes Handanovic should remain the first choice at San Siro for another season.

“I think Handanovic should be Inter’s goalkeeper again next year, but then we’ll have to look around,” he continued. “I hope Inter will decide on an Italian goalkeeper.

“There are many good ones who deserve important stages.”

Handanovic is currently the captain of Inter and Pagliuca believes former Cagliari midfielder Barella could take over the armband in the future.

“It could be Barella,” Pagliuca said. “I picture him for many years with the Inter shirt.”

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