Legendary Inter President Massimo Moratti: “I Would Have Done Everything To Sign Lionel Messi”

Legendary Inter President Massimo Moratti: “I Would Have Done Everything To Sign Lionel Messi”
August 7, 2021 12:00
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Former Inter President Massimo Moratti has given his thoughts on the current situation at Inter, and on how he would handle things were he still President.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Radio Kiss Kiss, as reported by FCInterNews, the former President talked about the possibly imminent sale of Romelu Lukaku, and said that he believes it is a symptom of the way that finances in modern football operate.

He understands the predicament in which the club finds itself, although he also is hopeful that the player’s sale will not be too damaging and that the club can be steered through this difficult period into more success.

“I believe that the need for cash has led to the sale of Romelu, but from the team’s point of view I hope they can remain competitive anyway,” he stated,

“I do not know the economic situation of Inter and therefore I cannot speak in detail.”

He continued, “Unfortunately things in football were already not going well, then COVID-19 has exacerbated everything.

“Everything comes from the worldwide crisis with the pandemic that has worsened the general situation, and we need a review of the whole system.”

Moreover, he talked about Lionel Messi, whose departure from Barcelona was announced yesterday, and stated that he would have tried to sign the Argentine given that the player is now available as a free agent.

The 34-year-old’s departure from the Catalan giants has come as a major shock, and is the result of the club’s own financial problems, but Moratti also sees it as the kind of opportunity that a club must try and capitalize on.

“In my day, if the opportunity had presented itself, I would have done everything to bring him in,” said Moratti, “But today everything has changed.”

Finally, he was asked about whether he expected Lorenzo Insigne to renew at Napoli, responding that “A fan is keen to keep him, so I would try to confirm him.

“Football belongs to the people and not to us managers, and therefore they must be satisfied. But I don’t know the situation of Napoli, and I don’t want to interfere.”

By Toni Weeler

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