Inter have hit back angrily at the statement released by reigning Portuguese champions Sporting CP in the past few hours, branding it as “unacceptable statements.”

The statement released on the Nerazzurri’s official homepage, is a direct response to the statements released by Sporting CP where the Portuguese outfit threatened to take legal action.

This after, according to Sporting CP, Inter’s decision to terminate Joao Mario’s contract is among many things contrary to a contractual term contained in the contract signed back in 2016 when the player joined the Nerazzurri.

This clause specifically stated for a period of five years from 2016, Joao Mario could not join another Portuguese club, specifically naming Benfica, adding that should he do so a payment of €30 million must be made to Sporting CP.

Inter have hit back at this forcefully vowing to protect the club, its interests and its image in the appropriate forums suggesting that we could be heading for a legal showdown between the two clubs.

“FC Internazionale Milano is aware of the statement released to the media by Sporting Clube de Portugal. The comments are unacceptable, extremely serious and – most importantly – without basis in truth.

“The club will protect its image and reputation in the relevant forums” the statement reads.