Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has given his thoughts about the nature of modern football from a financial perspective.

Speaking at the forum for the opening day of the transfer market in Rimini, as reported by FCInterNews, the executive stated that the current financial environment is unsustainable and that clubs will need to work to change it.

Marotta’s words reflect his experiences dealing with the financial challenges posed to Inter by the pandemic, and the difficulty faced by current Nerazzurri owners Suning due to their debt and liquidity problems in China.

Marotta has been tasked with steering the club’s sporting project into the future while also minding budget restrictions as the Nerazzurri look to meet strict financial targets.

While the occasion for Marotta’s words was the opening of a transfer market often associated with lavish spending by clubs on new players, the Inter executive cautions against the excesses of this financial situation.

His words:

“Today we are facing a changed reference model. Before with Berlusconi, Moratti, or Sensi, the only goal was to win, and then there was budget alignment.”

He continued, “Today the situation has been reversed, and this can be traced back to a business model. The Zhang family arrived in Milan with enthusiasm, they put in €600 million but after the COVID crisis we too must put this business model before other considerations.”