Inter CEO Beppe Marotta: “Exclude Any More Big Players Being Sold, We Wanted Vlahovic”

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta: “Exclude Any More Big Players Being Sold, We Wanted Vlahovic”
October 8, 2021 23:00
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Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has ruled out any more major player sales in the immediate future to put fans’ minds at rest, according to a report in the Italian media.

Whilst speaking at the Trento Sport Festival, as has been reported by FCInter1908, Beppe Marotta explained that football is a sport that requires spending to gain success and that is why they will not be selling key players after Achraf Hakimi and Romelu Lukaku were sold.

“We absolutely exclude it. I want to reassure our fans who are great fans: Inter exists and will exist in the future.

“Competitiveness is guaranteed and in football, whoever spends the most wins, players, coaches, managers. If this team is strong and has a goal, they can go very far beyond the name of the player.”

Beppe Marotta also admitted that Inter had been keen on signing Edin Dzeko for a long time before he eventually joined the club.

“When you think about a replacement, you prepare a list thanks to scouting and market opportunities: there are achievable and unattainable goals. However, there must always be the awareness of achieving your goals.

“Dzeko was a priority goal since last season: and thanks to the favourable circumstances he enjoyed a promise from Roma that granted him the free transfer at the time of an offer. There was ease also thanks to the seriousness of Roma, who kept their promise.”

The Inter CEO also discussed Fiorentina’s wantaway striker, Dusan Vlahovic, who was heavily linked with Inter during the summer. It is clear that Inter were very serious about trying to sign the Serbian.

“Vlahovic is a great talent, we found ourselves in a challenging situation in which we weren’t able to finish. He was the second target to compliment the attack, a player ready now and one in the future: it would have been the best. We were happy with the Dzeko operation.”

Nicolo Barella has become a star player for Inter over the last year and Beppe Marotta appears to put that down to his professionalism.

“It is one of the cases in which the talent becomes a champion. I have had to deal with many talents: Cassano was a fool, despite talent he never became a champion, I never had stronger players than him. But he had no goals, no precise vision of the profession.

“Barella has proven to assert himself more and more with continuity and today we find ourselves in front of a champion: it is right to reward him economically for what he has done. It is not a renewal, it is a gratification: it is right to adapt it to an important group of players.

“Captain? It would be nice, Handanovic is older: the captain is a qualification that cannot be given away, you need to have the professional and human qualities to be a leader. Barella can begin to become captain.”

By Euan Burns

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