Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta feels that Bologna midfielder Giovanni Fabbian is “practically” still an Inter player.

The Nerazzurri spoke about the future of the 21-year-old to Italian broadcaster DAZN, via FCInterNews, ahead of this evening’s Serie A clash with the Rossoblu.

Young midfielder Fabbian will not be starting for Inter this evening.

However, the Italian youth team international has been a regular in the Rossoblu lineup in recent weeks.

Having joined Bologna during the summer transfer window from Inter, Fabbian has really started to shine as the season has worn on.

Last season was Fabbian’s first in senior football, on loan at Reggina. And this one is his first at the top flight level.

Fabbian has made each step up seamlessly so far.

Inter CEO Marotta: Giovanni Fabbian “Practically Still An Inter Player” Due To Buyback

Inter sold Fabbian to Bologna on a permanent basis last summer. They did not loan the 21-year-old to the Emilian club, so it is not as though he will just return to the Nerazzurri at the end of the season.

However, Inter do still retain complete control over Fabbian’s future.

This is because of a buyback option in the deal that sent the young midfielder to Bologna.

As far as Fabbian’s future, Marotta noted that “He’s practically still an Inter player due to the buyback clasue.”

“We’re proud that he’s learning his trade here at a provincial side,” the executive continued.

“After that it will be up to him to prove that he belongs at Inter,” he went on.

“But today the conditions to think so are certainly all there.”

“We’re very proud and happy with how he’s doing,” Marotta said of Fabbian.

“We’re calm, we don’t have to exercise the clause at the end of the season. We’ll see how he’s doing, and what’s best for him and for us.”