Inter Milan officials were impressed with the level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by youngsters at its clinics in Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

The club, however, is going to take its time in selecting the first set of trainees for its academy in Hosur, which is tentatively slated to be inaugurated on May 25.

“A few players have caught our eyes but we need to evaluate them for a longer period,” the club’s technical director Marco Monti said. “More than technical ability, we are looking for kids who are quick to grasp things, easily follow new drills, learn our methods and excel in team situations.”

Monti, however, was disappointed with the general age of the players provided by the state associations of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

“Most of the boys made available to us were 10 years or older. We are looking for kids in the age group of 6-7 and for that we may have to establish our own scouting network,” he said.

“Even though the academy will be unveiled in May, it will take us at least another two months to bring in the first batch of trainees.”

The former Lazio defender feels the local coaches need to change their attitude while dealing with kids and has ruled out the possibility of any of them joining the Inter Academy immediately.

“We are strictly going to follow Inter's technical style and I don't think a local coach can fit in that scheme right now,” he said.

“You need a different methodology in dealing with children and have to innovate always in your daily drills, apart from being extremely patient. The coaches here need to know the difference between kids and professional players and tailor their programmes accordingly.”

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