Friday December 20 2013
Inter dismiss ‘exaggerated’ stories

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has dismissed reports that the club would consider January offers for any of their players.

A number of stories this morning suggested that new owner Erick Thohir was ready to sell any player at the right price.

“Today’s papers are saying everyone’s up for sale? It shows the trend has changed because they used to put one player on the front page each day,” the transfer official told Inter Channel.

“That always brought a smile because it was a sort of fun game aimed at getting people to buy more papers. I realise that and so I also respect it from this point of view.

“But what we’re referring to now is a bit different. ‘Everyone is up for sale’ honestly seems like a big exaggeration to me, and something that was thrown down without having made any kind of verification or consideration.

“And most importantly, it doesn’t reflect the truth. There’s nothing up for sale. The majority of the club’s shares were sold, but that’s old news by now.

“It’s too easy to say ‘everyone is up for sale’, which seems to me to be going too far and doesn’t correspond to the truth.

“Then if there are other teams interested in our players we’re happy, because it means we’re back to having a certain kind of appeal on the market.

“That’s not a bad thing, but it certainly doesn’t mean that Inter will be losing their best players.”

Reports suggest the Beneamata are ready to sell Fredy Guarin to Chelsea for around €15m next month.