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Inter right to target Lampard, Zola says

SoccerNews in Serie A 13 Jul 2008

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Italy under-21 coach Gianfranco Zola has said that Frank Lampard would be an excellent signing for league champions Inter Milan.

The pair played together for two years at Chelsea and having seen his quality at close quarters, Zola know exactly what type of player the San Siro side will be buying.

“Frank is unique in the world,” he told La Gazzetta Sportiva.

“A midfielder who can score 20 goals in the championship. The fans should know that he is not a spectacular player, but a winner.”

Should Lampard make the move to San Siro then Zola believes that he will be playing for one of the best coaches in the modern game in Jose Mourinho.

Whilst the ex-Napoli and Parma striker missed out by a year on playing under the Portuguese, he has heard enough first-hand reports to know that Mourinho can be a success in Italy.

“Mourinho loves messing around, but when it comes to work he is a bulldozer. With Mourinho you only work with the ball, which is loved by players,” he said.

With the Beijing Olympic Games fast approaching Zola is hopeful that Italy, whose first match is against Honduras on August 7, can improve on the bronze medal they won in Athens four years ago.

To that end he has big hopes for former Manchester United and Newcastle United striker Giuseppe Rossi, who hit 11 goals to help Villarreal to second place in the Spanish league last season.

“Giuseppe Rossi is a phenomenon and our (Lionel) Messi. He has class, knows where the goal is and makes a difference. Plus he's still young,” he said.

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