Diego Milito believes Philippe Coutinho has what it takes to succeed at Inter Milan, despite being linked with a move away from the club.
The 20-year-old joined the Serie A side from Vasco da Gama in July 2010, but initially struggled to make an impact in Italy.
However, expectations have been increased again after Coutinho impressed on loan at Espanyol in the second half of last season.
“Coutinho? He’s a fantastic player. We all knew he was a bit special,” Milito told the club’s website.
“The time in Spain has done him good and he’ll help us a lot this year. He’s different to other players.”
Coutinho scored in Inter’s 2-0 friendly win over Koper on the weekend.