Official: Samir Handanovic departs Inter after 11 seasons

After eleven seasons, Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is leaving Inter.

Handanovic’s contract originally expired on June 30th but the club had been in discussions regarding a potential extension for the veteran shot-stopper.

However, the Nerazzurri decided they’ll acquire two new goalkeepers, one of whom will likely be Bayern Munich’s Yann Sommer, once they finalise the impending sale of Andre Onana to Manchester United.

Inter released a brief statement on their website honoring the former Udinese man, who originally joined in 2012.

“A point of reference, a leader in the changing room, a courageous captain. Handanovic has been all of these things in the eleven seasons he’s defended the Nerazzurri goal,” wrote Inter.

“He joined the club on 9-July 2012 and from the very first minute, he displayed his exceptional technical qualities and charisma, going on to become one of the best goalkeepers in Inter’s history.”

They continued, “The 166 clean sheets he kept in 455 matches are proof of this. He’s had an extraordinary career, winning the 2020/21 Scudetto, the Coppa Italia twice and the Supercoppa Italiana on two occasions in Nerazzurri colours.”

“The Inter fans and all of the Nerazzurri family wish Handanovic all the best and appreciate everything he’s done. Thank you, Samir!”