Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri has signed a one-year extension with the club which keeps him at the San Siro until 2016.
The Italian moved to Inter from Napoli last summer and guided the Nerazzurri to fifth in Serie A and a place in the UEFA Europa League. Although the campaign was a vast improvement on the ninth-placed finish the season before which saw the dismissal of Andrea Stramaccioni, Inter still finished 18 points adrift of a UEFA Champions League spot, and Mazzarri has vowed to return the club back to the higher echelons of the European game.
"First of all I'd like to thank president Erick Thohir," he told the club's official website. "He's shown once again that he believes in me and the project we began a year ago. I hope to be able to repay the faith shown in me with my work on the pitch. I'll do everything in my power to get Inter back where the club belongs in Italy and Europe."
Mazzarri came to prominence after guiding Livorno back to Serie A in 2004 and went on to lead Reggina and Sampdoria before guiding Napoli to the Coppa Italia title in 2012.
"We're very happy to have extended our coach's contract," Thohir said. "With this extension we have made it clear that Mazzarri is a cornerstone of our project. I'm confident with the hard work and dedication he has shown he'll achieve great things at this club."
Inter later announced the signing of goalkeeper Tommaso Berni from Torino.
The 31-year-old, who was previously part of the club's youth set up, has signed a one-year deal and is expected to be third choice stopper behind Samir Handanovic and Juan Pablo Carrizo.
The Nerazzurri also revealed they have acquired full ownership of Saphir Taider, who spent last season at the San Siro, from Bologna with Lorenzo Paramatti moving in the opposite direction.