Inter received backing from an unlikely source today in their bid to build a new stadium with AC Milan.
The Nerazzurri launched a scathing attack on Milan’s city mayor Giuseppe Sala on Thursday after comments he made regarding their project to create a new San Siro.
Sala responded with an interview on Saturday, assuring he still supported the clubs’ plans but insisting that he needed more clarity on Inter’s ownership situation before things could progress.
But AC Milan fan and Italian politician Matteo Salvini, who leads Italy’s right-wing Northern League party, told reporters today: “Sala can’t unload his own political problems onto Inter and AC Milan.
“Both clubs have pledged hundreds of millions of euros to redo the area around San Siro.
“I can’t remember a mayor managing to annoy one of the two Milan clubs like this before.
“As a Milanista I have defended Inter, because it seems clear to me that the San Siro project has been at a standstill for months, for years, because of problems with the city council.”
A report in Friday’s print edition of Corriere della Sera insisted Inter’s owners Suning had no intention of abandoning their plans to build a new San Siro in conjunction with AC Milan.
Tuttosport, however, claimed Inter could ditch the project and begin pursuing their own stadium if the Nerazzurri were to change owners in the coming months.
Gazzetta dello Sport reported last week that AC Milan nonetheless remained ‘optimistic’ about the chances of the clubs creating a new ground together.
The Rossoneri have yet to comment on the public spat between Inter and Sala.