Ex-Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo: “Suning Undecided On Sale, Conte & Marotta Could Leave With New Owners”

Ex-Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo: “Suning Undecided On Sale, Conte & Marotta Could Leave With New Owners”
February 24, 2021 17:00
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Antonio Conte and Beppe Marotta could leave Inter if Suning sell the club, according to a former Nerazzurri chief executive.

The Nerazzurri are battling a series of off-field issues at present, with reports in Wednesday’s papers reiterating that Suning could soon be forced to sell the club under pressure from China’s government.

In an interview with FcInter1908.it, Ernesto Paolillo admitted no scenario could be ruled out should Inter change hands in the coming months.

“If the club remains solid and move this project forwards then Conte will remain without a doubt,” he assured.

“But if he’s told the project is interrupted and there’s no more chance to invest, I think he would make different considerations.”

When it was pointed out that the same could apply to Marotta, Paolillo replied: “And that would be sad…

“I hope Marotta stays at Inter because he’s working very well, he’s given a lot and he still has a lot more to give.”

Suning are facing their most difficult period since purchasing Inter from Erick Thohir in 2016, but they remain hopeful of resuming investments into the Nerazzurri once their financial predicament has improved.

Inter did receive a financial boost from UEFA this week, however, after European football’s governing body relaxed their rules on salary payments.

Paolillo believes the Chinese retail giant are yet to make up their mind, as they seek to address Inter’s liquidity issues.

“I don’t know how things will end, not even they have made a decision, they’re considering things,” he admitted.

“I hope Suning are able to stay with support from another strong backer.

“If that weren’t possible then I hope they leave Inter in good hands.”

Paolillo was far more certain on the issue of Massimo Moratti potentially returning to Inter, adding: “I think they’re more dreams and desires than real rumours.

“After everything the Moratti family has given to Inter I don’t think it’s the right moment to ask for such an important financial sacrifice like that.

“Moratti’s heart is still at Inter but after many years of presidency I don’t think he has any desire to start all over again.”

By Will Beckman