Samir Handanovic has been expecting trophy success with Inter for eight years and is eager not to let the new chance pass him by.

Antonio Conte’s team’s goalkeeper and captain will be tasked with keeping Sevilla out in the Europa League final Friday. He arrived from Udinese in 2012 with high expectations of being in the hunt for silverware regularly but the Slovenian had a frustrating wait.

Inter’s painfully barren run in Cologne could come to an end, and Handanovic says it might be the “starting point” for a bountiful era.

“It was to be involved in finals like these when I joined Inter, but unfortunately the situation that has occurred in the last few years was not the best,” Handanovic told a news conference.

“But we have now reached the stage where we can compete for important milestones once more. I just think that should be a starting point. Matches like these will become a routine for Inter, much as they were 10 to 15 years ago. Inter should always look for finals to play, to compete for trophies and league titles.

“We have now reached the stage where we can compete for important milestones, not only tomorrow but also the day after and a month from now. I’m proud to be here today, for that reason. That said, even when I joined the club my idea was to try to play and compete for trophies at all times.”

Handanovic, aged 36, will be hoping to continue playing a key role in Conte’s Inter plans.


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