Ausilio: “We can not have a project if there is no continuity of leadership and ownership”

May 19, 2017 19:00
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Inter’s Sporting Director Piero Ausilio spoke on the changes Inter have went through since former long serving president Massimo Moratti’s departure from the club: “We can not have a project if there is no continuity of leadership and ownership. For a third year we are starting off with a new project. We have abandoned the concept of a wonderful property, as it was in Moratti’s time. He had always been successful in pursuing his passion. Moratti did not earn a euro from Inter. He was very happy to be able to emulate his father’s work.”

Ausilio then spoke on Erick Thohir’s arrival at the club: “Before arriving at the club, there was mogul in Indonesia who bought Inter, he did a good job and placed Inter on a path that today allows us strengthen on the new market where we need to consider revenues, since UEFA no longer allows you to invest as much money. Today everything has to be proportionate to revenue. We also have to comply with the conditions that require us to continue to participate in the European competitions.”

He concluded, discussing Juventus model they adopted since their relegation to Serie B: “Every day we find out in the newspapers what we will spend in the mercato, but the truth is that we have to respect the wage ceiling. Our turnover is between 200 and 230 million euros, while Juve, who regularly participates in the Champions League, is 400 million. There is almost a 200 million difference between Inter and Juve. After the relegation they worked on a business idea, they invested in the youth sector, they had a great vision from the managerial point of view. They staged and gradually raised salaries and worked on commercial development. They succeed in doing this with continuity and that’s why there is a big difference with the others. It’s a division that can still be widened and it’s hard to recover. One does not recover by buying up the best players, because then the best players go where there is more money, where they can play the Champions League, because they want to win. This does not mean that we give up, we have to develop a goal, risk something, and sometimes you reach your goals and achieve them and sometimes it goes wrong. You also have to risk taking young players. Gabigol? No, that’s something different, but I can not explain it.”


Cammy Anderson
By Cammy Anderson