Italian World Cup-winning defender Cristian Zaccardo has called on Inter owners Suning to explain their plans to the club’s supporters, after sanctioning the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Chinese retail conglomerate have overseen a downsizing of the club in an effort to cut costs and bring the wage bill down, just months after leading them to the Scudetto, with Lukaku set to follow Achraf Hakimi and coach Antonio Conte in departing.

In an interview with, the former AC Milan defender called on Suning and President Steven Zhang to provide more transparency, as frustration amongst supporters continues to grow.

“We need to understand the project of the club. If there is a need to start again, by selling Hakimi and changing coaches, many other things also change. Zhang must reveal his future plans to the fans,” Zaccardo claimed.

“Inter have good directors. The amount they have available invest is considerable and there are interesting young players in Italy and abroad. It always depends on the coach’s ideas though.”

The 39-year-old suggested that Inter could see find some opportunities in the transfer market towards the end of the window, as other clubs conclude their business.

“Many teams have changed coaches, first they have to sell before they can buy. The scenario could change in the final 10 days. There are risks but in the final days prices tend to drop,” he added.

Zaccardo won the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2008, whilst he represented Palermo, Parma, and Milan in Serie A.