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Miranda on Inter and Copa America objectives

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Inter Milan defender Joao Miranda has opened up about his recent struggles at the club and further revealed his plans for the Brazilian national team.

The Brazilian centre-back has been used sparingly by Luciano Spalletti this season with only 15 appearances under his belt in all competitions

However, the 34-year-old former Atletico Madrid defender has decided to focus on the positives despite not having enough game time.

He told Sky Sports Italia: “I confess that it is a different moment in my career, I have always been a steadfast owner in these years.

“This season I’m playing a little less, but now I’m getting used to this situation. I have more time to train at my best. I have played some important games this year and I have shown a level that I would always like to show.”

When questioned about his future at the club, he said: “I think I can finish this season well at Inter, “the defender admitted.

Miranda who was a regular at the World Cup for Brazil in Russia 2018, claims he is not yet calling time on his career and would like to win the Copa America on home soil.

“I still don’t think about my goodbye. I think of my moment and as long as I can play at a high level then I will do it. I will not leave the national team until I demonstrate this,” continued the Inter defender.

KAZAN, RUSSIA – JULY 06: Eden Hazard of Belgium runs with the ball under pressure from Miranda of Brazil during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Brazil and Belgium at Kazan Arena on July 6, 2018, in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Miranda then responded to a question about the Copa America, a trophy that the national team has not won since 2007 and which will take place in Brazil in the summer: “It will be great to play in front of our fans, an extra motivation.

“There is always something for us that we are the Brazilian national team. But this is football, we are ready and prepared. I do not think of the next World Cup, I want to make the most of all the opportunities I will have,” concluded the Inter defender.