Andrea Stramaccioni tries to keep Inter focused on tomorrow’s game with Parma, but admits he hopes “the Wesley Sneijder situation can be resolved.”
This weekend director Marco Branca confirmed Sneijder will not play until he agrees to a new contract with reduced wages, making a January exit very likely.
“I speak daily with both Wesley and the President. I know the situation,” said Coach Stramaccioni in today’s Press conference.
“I think it is simpler than people may think. Over the summer Inter decided to have some very clear guidelines that we wanted to use throughout the transfer campaign.
“Within this idea of the club, that must be respected and shared, we have to understand the position of the player.
“I have enormous respect for Wesley as a player and a man, but right now my position as Coach is not to use him as a technical decision based on what I see in training. That is my evaluation, obviously hoping they can sit round a table and the situation can be resolved.
“Having said that, I will go to Parma with the best players at my disposal and decide not to use Sneijder.”
Inter are playing at the Tardini on Monday evening, kick-off 20.00, due to their Europa League commitments.
“We have not been very fortunate in recent games, but I am certain the best team will win in Parma. I’d like to thank our lawyers for helping to get my touchline ban revoked. I may well have deserved a red card against Cagliari for my protests, but I didn’t offend anyone, so a ban was harsh. It’s not my style.”
Antonio Cassano and Walter Gargano are suspended, while Joel Obi, Cristian Chivu, Gaby Mudingayi and Dejan Stankovic are still injured.
“With Gargano’s ban it becomes crucial that we get Fredy Guarin back to full fitness,” concluded Stramaccioni.
“We are missing five players in midfield, so we are having problems there and Fredy becomes very important.”
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