Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello: “Suning Selling Club? Our Project Is Long Term”

Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello: “Suning Selling Club? Our Project Is Long Term”
November 11, 2021 15:00
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Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello has emphasised the long-term nature of his and Suning’s involvement with the Nerazzurri, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media today.

Speaking to Tutti Convocati, via FCInter1908, Alessandro Antonello explained that what Steven Zhang said at the shareholders meeting still applies, a long-term view has been adopted by everyone at the club.

“I refer to the statements of our president: long-term project. Beyond the rumours, we are all working on a long-term basis. The project started many years ago and resulted in the Scudetto, we proceed with this strategy and a vision remains of the medium to long term.”

Inter are now able to welcome more fans to San Siro as 75% of the stadium can be filled for home games, which gives Alessandro Antonello joy.

“We are better today, the situation has improved a lot. The fact of having 75% fills us with joy and also from an economic and financial point of view is important. We hope that as soon as possible according to government directives we can have 100%.”

Many Inter fans worry that the club is more focused on the finances rather than the performances on the pitch but Alessandro Antonello believes that recent investments show that is not the case.

“We managers are sorry to be surrounded by mistrust of the club. We hear the president regularly, we have constant and immediate contact.

“Inter fans are always a bit suspicious, but the commitment made by the club is demonstrated by the facts and investments made in the club in the last few years, from the resources made available.

“The renewals are proof of wanting to keep competitiveness high. Financial stability is a goal not only for Inter.”

Alessandro Antonello is very satisfied with recent developments that mean a new San Siro is closer than ever, saying: “We are very satisfied, a fundamental first step. Now the technical tables have to be opened, there are some changes compared to the original plan, we must adapt to the requests of the Municipality.

“A fundamental step also for the city of Milan. The project is a compound of two different phases. The volumetric reduction will impact the real estate and not the part of the stadium.

“After two years, with a pandemic in between, we have considered it appropriate to review the volumetric indices now the technical works will begin.”

There is also a commitment from the CEO to announce the winning project soon. He said: “We plan to announce it soon, first we will reopen the technical table to clarify the points of the resolution, but we will announce it shortly.

To date, if we do not run into particular hitches, it is to get to 2027, phase two would start from there on for another 3 years.The primary objective is to have a new stadium as soon as possible and we hope it will be possible in 2027.”

On the rumours of Marcelo Brozovic leaving the club, Alessandro Antonello said: “The relationship with our players is excellent, we must recognize the results of the last two years. We must recognize what the boys have brought, the performances must be adequately remunerated.

“Pandemic and economic situation lead to some reflections, it is correct to sit down at the table to find a situation. Brozovic is a fundamental player for the team, given his skills he is a strategic pawn for us.”

Inter have announced many sponsorship deals over the last few years which have furthered the club economically, which Alessandro Antonello believes is important.

“In a period of extreme difficulty we have found important sponsorships that will guarantee us important economic flows. We are signing significant commercial agreements.

“The brand on the pitch means that Inter is still very attractive, we are confident that we will be able to find other partners. Jersey sponsors next year? We are safe, we already have a partner who will support us.”

Alessandro Antonello also discussed the bond, saying: “We are working to ensure that the bond is refinanced by the end of the year. We cannot give any other news, but it is our goal and we do not see any critical issues.”

By Euan Burns

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