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More Confirmation On Inter’s Ambition This Season As The Club Director Aims A Swipe At Their Title Rivals

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Few days ago, it was reported that the Inter Milan management may have informed their manager, Simone Inzaghi to focus more on winning the Scudetto this season, rather than doing well in the UEFA champions league, which may have informed some of his recent decisions, especially in their last game against Real Socieded.

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Inzaghi opted to heavily rotate his squad and give rest to some players despite needing a win to top the group and in the end, the game finished 0-0 with the Spanish side topping the group on goal difference and this will mean that Inter will most likely face a tough opponent in the knockout stages next year.

The club president, Steven Zhang told the squad in his Christmas message that the priority remains the Serie A title, but it is still ‘very important to maintain financial stability.’ The patron was not present at the Christmas dinner party, but he did send a video message, the details of which have been shared by news agency Ansa. “This evening we look back at the great emotional moments we experienced together in this 2023,” said Zhang.


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“We got our place on the most important stage in world football in Istanbul and added another two trophies to our history books.” They reached the Champions League Final, losing to Manchester City, and retained the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana. “With the start of this season, the objective was clear to all: continue fighting for our dream of achieving the Second Star for our club.”

Italian teams have the right to permanently wear a star on their jersey for every 10 Serie A titles achieved, so Inter and rivals Milan are both currently on 19, in a race to get that second star. “Thanks to the hard work of all those within Inter and the support of our fans, Inter are becoming a modern, innovative, digital business. There are new challenges in front of us, new competitors, but also new big opportunities. I think of the Champions League and the Club World Cup, which we already qualified for in 2025.”

Zhang’s family company is Suning, who were only able to keep Inter afloat thanks to a high-interest loan from US fund Oaktree, which is due to be repaid in April 2024. “In order to achieve this and the ambitious objectives that we set, it is very important to maintain financial stability for our club and continue the process of renewing our infrastructure.

“A new Inter-owned stadium is a project we are taking forward, looking to the future. What we have realised in these years is a starting point for the future of our Club. Winning will always be our priority. “Thank you for the support from all of you who represent the excellence of Inter values.” He further added.

The club’s sporting director Piero Ausilio is enjoying his team’s position on top of the table, and he also had some interesting remarks regarding their closest rivals for the Scudetto, insisting that what matters the most is remaining ahead by June. “We are in line with the objectives we set at the start of the campaign,” said the sporting director while attending the De Agazza Award ceremony.

“When the season starts, you try to do everything possible to do well and get to the top. “Qualifying for the Champions League round of 16 with two rounds to spare is a source of great satisfaction. The same goes for being on top of the Serie A table.” “We know that December is not a definitive deadline, what matters is where we will be in June and we want to be ahead.”

Ausilio took the opportunity to aim a dig at Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan, claiming they change their objectives depending on their results. “We have the same objectives as other teams who say they are gunning for something else. “Let’s think of a fierce Juve, the same for Milan or Napoli. At the beginning of the season, they all start by aiming to win the Scudetto.

“Then, when they fail to achieve positive results, they hide behind lower objectives. “But I’m not hiding. Inter will do everything to get the most out of every competition, Super Cup and Coppa Italia included. Then we’ll see at the end of the year what we’ve achieved.” He further added.

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The club is looking to bolster their defence in January but are not too keen on the idea of picking up Villarreal’s Juan Foyth, despite his agent’s recent comments. The Nerazzurri have looked almost flawless in Serie A this term as they look to pick up the Scudetto for the first time under Inzaghi, but one element of the squad has proven disappointing – Juan Cuadrado.

The former Juventus wing back has hardly featured this campaign, seeing just 261 minutes of action across nine matches, struggling with a persistent Achilles tendon injury. As such, Inter are planning to intervene to pick up a new reinforcement in January. According to a report from Calciomercato, Inter had identified Foyth as a possible option for January but are not currently focusing on the Villarreal defender, instead paying more attention to Lille’s Tiago Djalo and other key targets.

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The 25-year-old’s agent Claudio Curti recently told SportItalia that his client ‘would be well-suited to playing in teams like Juventus or even Inter’. Foyth has also attracted attention from other clubs across Europe, with Barcelona in particular keeping tabs on his work at Villarreal, where he has a €50m release clause.

A really high figure for Inter who will definitely be looking at cheaper options instead. But Foyth is an interesting proposition as he can cover several positions across the back line and even play as a right wing-back, making him a versatile player, just like Matteo Darmian.

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