Legendary striker Dejan Stankovic has left Inter Milan after less than one year as manager of Nerazzurri, as he expects new challenges.

The former Serbian international acted as the manager and someone who offered a link between those high up in the hierarchy at Inter and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who offered his squad’s leadership.

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Stankovic had previously played for Inter Milan for ten years making 326 appearances for the Serie A side that included winning the Champions League in 2010.

The former midfielder exclaims it wasn’t an easy decision to make but, he expects new challenges ahead, as he spoke with Gazzetta World.

He said: ”Wearing the Nerazzurri shirt provokes some special emotions, it changes your life, it makes you experience unique sensations. In certain cases it even transforms into a second skin.”

“I am happy to have contributed what I could in management. Inter is my home and this was definitely an important adventure. Our roads now will part. I expect new challenges ahead but, as I have always said, the Nerazzurri will remain forever in my heart.”

The 37-year-old was only appointed manager last season and saw them finish fourth in the Serie A.

The club have also released a statement on his departure on their  official website: ”After a season as club manager, Dejan Stankovic bids farewell to Inter and embarks on the next stage of his career.”

”After making 326 appearances during his playing career, last season he returned to experience the Nerazzurri universe from another perspective, as club manager. Now he’s set to move on to pastures new, in the knowledge that his special bond with Inter will never end.”

“Once an Interista, always an Interista! Thanks for everything, Deki and best of luck in your future career.”