Inter’s academy director Roberto Samaden feels that the sale of young midfielder Cesare Casadei to Chelsea over the summer was ultimately an understandable decision by the club.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Il Giorno in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, Samaden also spoke highly of Federico Dimarco as a perfect example of a success story for the Nerazzurri’s academy.

Casadei had been widely regarded as one of the top young players not just in Inter’s Primavera team, but among young players in Serie A academies when he made the switch to Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

The Blues had made no secret of the fact that the young Inter midfielder was a long-term target, whilst the Nerazzurri had initially been keen to keep hold of him.

In the even, Inter decided to cash in on Casadei due to their financial situation, and for his Samaden feels that losing hold of the 19-year-old was disappointing but an understandable reality in context.

“There’s disappointment at not seeing him in a Nerazzurri shirt anymore, but the joy of seeing him at Chelsea is still real,” he continued, “selling him was an understandable choice from the club’s point of view financially.”

Samaden also spoke highly of wingback Dimarco, who has established himself this season as a key player in Inter’s first team.

“He’s an example of how youngsters in the Italian youth academies should be brought through,” he said of Dimarcio, “thanks to our focus on technical development, he came into our youth system very young and then worked with a number of coaches to reach his full potential.”

“Thanks to the work of everyone around the club, he has cultivated his talent to its full potential,” Samaden added.

“Inter did well and had a bit lucky to not lose him in the maze of loans away, but instead to bring him back into the first team having seen him grow.”