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Nil-nil wasn't the result he wanted but Roberto Mancini was keen to draw on the positives after Inter's final pre-season friendly against AEK Athens.

"We can't expect much to change in three days," he began. "We were a bit brighter in the second half than in the first. We kept a clean sheet and that's important. We had our chances too. We need a bit more speed to our play but it will take a bit of time. We'll try to put together a side capable of challenging in the league."

Asked if he was disappointed about Mateo Kovacic's reported move to Real Madrid, the boss continued: "There are rules that have to be respected. I don't think anyone wanted this to happen but we have the Financial Fair Play regulations to follow. We're all sorry about it: myself, the president, the management and the players themselves. He and Shaqiri both left for the same reason, but now we'll try to bring in the sort of players we need and hopefully we'll be able to do it quickly because the league starts next week. We'll see what we can do in the transfer market."

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