Inter CEO Beppe Marotta has said that it was a difficult transfer window for the Nerazzurri and the owners were adamant about not selling Milan Skriniar, according to a report in the Italian broadcast media.

Speaking during an interview with DAZN ahead of the match against AC Milan on Saturday evening at San Siro, via FCInternews, Beppe Marottashed some light on the final weeks of the transfer market and how it was to be at the centre of it.

Inter had a complicated final few weeks of the transfer market as they did their best to keep Milan Skriniar at the club despite pressure from Paris Saint Germain and they also needed to get another defender in to assure there is enough depth in the squad at the back.

“It was a very difficult market because on the one hand we had to combine the need to steady the club and give support and sustainability, and on the other hand keep the team competitive.

“We did this by keeping many players from last season, the ownership influenced when requests arrived. You all know about Skriniar, and the club has been adamant. With Ausilio and Baccin we have created opportunities, we have finalised what we wanted, some have come to fruition, others have not, but these are the dynamics of the football market.”

Talking about the importance of the match against AC Milan on Saturday, he stressed that the places in the table are irrelevant when it comes to a derby like this.

“It’s certainly a very important match because you know that when you play a derby you never have to look at the position in the standings but the context of the game. The emotions and motivation are special. In the context of a tight schedule, the big clubs are used to it anyway, so we’ll treat it as always.”

Beppe Marotta was also asked about the ambitions that the club holds: “The ambitions are huge. We’re talking about Inter, we’re talking about a club with an important history and a room full of trophies so this is the path traced by our history and we are obliged to pursue it where we can, clearly respecting our opponents.

“Today’s match is an important one because it brings with it a romantic side of football that is in danger of disappearing, but the derby is the derby, just as Champions League and Coppa Italia are appointments that we want to honour because our history is part of it.”