Inter president Steven Zhang has reaffirmed to Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala that he intends to remain in control of Inter.

This came in the context of a meeting between the two parties about the proposed new stadium in Milan, according to reports by today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.

The mayor is said to consider this type of stability important as a condition for the stadium project to go ahead.

Zhang told Sala that he has never considered giving up control of the Nerazzurri, emphasizing in particular that he has remained committed to the club through the arrival of Oaktree Capital as a financial backer.

Inter and AC Milan initially presented a feasibility study for the project in July 2019, before submitting finalized details for the project in May 2020.

Part of the plans would involve preserving the current San Siro stadium, for use in other sporting and commercial activities in the city.

One other crucial matter which Zhang will have to attend to before returning to China and undergoing a mandatory month quarantine will be the decision on Inter’s new shirt sponsor.

It is thought that talks with potential partners from both Asia and the US are accelerating, with companies involved in the financial sector and cryptocurrencies involved.