Massimo Moratti insists Inter “did nothing underhand” in their Carlos Tevez negotiations and accused Italian media of “taking revenge” on the club.
The President was in talkative mood when leaving a meeting of Inter Club co-ordinators late Saturday evening.
“We did nothing underhand in our dealings with Tevez. We merely did what we considered to be right for Inter,” he said of the Milan transfer target.
“It doesn’t seem to us unfair to show an interest in a player who could be useful for us. Having said that, the figures are now becoming incredible. There are around 10 days left in the transfer window and maybe, if we return to the earlier situation, then we can make another offer.”
Milan agreed personal terms with Tevez over Christmas, but Manchester City have rejected both proposals from the San Siro clubs.
Moratti had said this weekend that Thiago Motta was “not for sale,” but changed his tune slightly as rumours of Paris Saint-Germain interest continue.
“Motta made history with Inter, but he has many requests and I have to understand what his intentions are.
“We have signed a young lad in South America who will go out on loan to gain experience,” he said, referring to Juan Jesus and the imminent move to Novara.
The Inter President launched an unexpected broadside on the Italian media, specifically hinting at Sky Sport Italia, after the 1-0 derby win over Milan.
“There was an incredible commentary on Sunday. I told my son: ‘Maybe they really don’t like us.’ It’s not normal and we must’ve done something terrible to deserve this constantly critical approach. It’s like a small revenge they are all taking against Inter.
“In all honesty, it used to make me suffer, but now I am mainly frightened by this lack of respect for a large slice of the football-loving public who are, it’s worth saying, ruled out of all the controversy that is in the papers.
“I don’t understand what we are meant to answer for or what debt we must pay...”
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