Massimo Moratti expects Inter to make ‘sacrifices’ towards change, but knows it is for the best, as he has kind words for Clarence Seedorf.
Moratti sold a majority shareholding in the Nerazzurri to Erick Thohir during this season, which has just concluded with the club having finished fifth in the League with anticipation of continued change behind the scenes.
For the now honorary President, accepting the exit of the likes of quartet Javier Zanetti, Diego Milito, Walter Samuel and Esteban Cambiasso is a part of that change.
“[Sunday evening’s send-off for them] seemed to be a fair and respectful one,” considered Moratti after Week 38’s defeat to Chievo saw the four bow out.
“I was glad I could end such a wonderful era with them, and one so full of memories. They’re all so appreciated. They’re all loved – not only Zanetti – and they all did more than I could have imagined.
“Had the time come to move on? If the club made that decision then it means the projects are set up for this kind of change.
“They’re made in such a way as to permit these things. The club made the right step from a coaching and political standpoint.
“The club is important as always, and creating a team that can be successful soon isn’t easy. But they’ll try to do that straight off.
“Sacrifices will be made in the right way as they consider how to build a winning team.
“Reinforcements? Ausilio will do a good job. He has the necessary experience and is also capable of communicating what he’s doing. I don’t believe the club intends to create a larger structure.”
Moratti considered the season Inter have endured.
“We were also unlucky in certain results this season and there were a few bitter pills we had to swallow…
“Every club in Italy is going through this situation in which they have to be careful in many different ways. Inter have to do it as well.
“It depends on the choices you make, if they’re made well or not as regards the players. It’s a reflection of the age we’re in.”
Moratti’s interview included a communications link with current Milan Coach Clarence Seedorf.
“When he played for us he showed how much character he has and I admire him highly as a person. I’m supporting him to do well.
“Do I hope to see him again on the Milan bench? I hope so, but not as an Interista. That’s something that could be misunderstood [smiling].
“I don’t want to interfere with what could turn out to be Milan history.”