Inter Milan manager Walter Mazzarri has total faith in Fredy Guarin and sees the midfielder as an important part of his first-team plans, according to Marco Fassone.
The Serie 'A' club's director-general has backed the Colombia international to play a leading role during the 2014/15 campaign after failing to negotiate a move away from the San Siro in the transfer window.
Guarin was the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer, and there were suggestions of a possible Premier League switch with Manchester United and Chelsea among the player's list of admirers.
- Fredy Guarin could join Real Madrid in January
- Walter Mazzarri says Fredy Guarin never wanted to leave
- Fredy Guarin didn't request summer transfer
However, after a transfer never transpired the 28-year-old has been reinstated into Mazzarri's first-team plans, and Fassone believes his recent resurgence is proof of the unwavering belief shown by the South American's coach and his employers.
Marco Fassone quotes:
"The coach is in his second year on our bench and he now knows the whole 'Inter environment'," he explained in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.
"He can succeed in transferring and incorporating his own philosophy of play and mentality on to the players. The coach is very motivated and he is now our added value.
"I believe in Fredy [Guarin] and in the fact that Mazzarri has deployed him, demonstrating the confidence of the club."
Real Madrid and Juventus were both credited with an interest in signing Guarin during the summer as well, providing yet more proof that the player's future was up in the air due to the high level of demand in his services.
After the transfer window closed his agent, Marcelona Ferreyra, claimed that the Inter star had never requested to leave Italy and remained content plying his trade in Milan.
If those quotes are true then it suggests that Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Massimo Allegri would've all struggled to secure Guarin's signature anyway, if they had opted to firm up their alleged interest over the summer.
After a successful showing at the World Cup in Brazil the former Porto star now appears to be fully focused on the season ahead with Inter Milan, and capped his return to senior action with a goal in the 7-0 thrashing of Sassuolo on Sunday.
Guarin still has three years to run on his current contract with the Nerazzurri, and judging by the latest comments from senior officials at the club his long-term future remains very much in Italy.