Inter president Erick Thohir vows club can 'return to the top 10 in the world'

Inter Milan president Erick Thohir insists the Italian club will make it back into the top 10 of world football, and that Roberto Mancini is the man to guide them there.

The Nerazzurri travel to Roma this weekend in what is set to be a make-or-break match for their season. They trail the third-place Giallorossi by five points in the race to qualify for the Champions League next season.

It will not be make-or-break for Mancini, however, with Thohir saying he will stay even without Champions League football next season.

"Last summer, we signed 10 new players and we are not unprepared, whatever position we finish in," Thohir said in Milan, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. "We will carry on with this group of players and with Mancini.

"We're not talking to the coach about renewing his contract now because he's still got another year on his current deal and I think he'll stay even if we don't qualify for the Champions League."

Finishing inside the top three remains the objective for the season, though, with Thohir not giving it up as a lost cause. Inter led the way for much of the season, but they have recovered with three wins in their past four games after a slump saw them drop to fifth.

"We have a five-year plan, but of course things can change each week on the field," he said. "We don't want to settle just for third place, we want to win the Scudetto.

"We always aim for the maximum. There are still nine games to go and if we don't finish third, it won't be the end of the world.

"The important thing is we remain united. We will return to the top 10 in the world."