Inter chief Massimo Moratti insists the club never wanted to sell Wesley Sneijder during the summer.
The Dutchman has remained with the Nerazzurri, but only after months of links with Manchester United and Manchester City.
"Keeping Sneijder is more than a victory, it's a desire," the oil baron noted. "It's our desire because he's a top-class player who naturally attracts interest from others.
"On more than one occasion, and despite what has been written in the papers, he told me that he wanted to remain.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's a good thing that Sneijder has stayed because it ensures the overall level of talent in the side remains high."
Moratti also insisted that he wouldn't interfere with the selections or tactics of new boss Gian Piero Gasperini.
He intimated recently that he'd like to see Giampaolo Pazzini play more regularly, as well as raising doubts about the three-man defence.
"It seems to me that as soon as you breathe it gets turned into a thousand things, even about the way you breathed.
"All I said was that Pazzini is a striker who scores lots of goals so he's a player that shouldn't be sacrificed.
"As for the three-man defence, it hasn't produced the results we expected yet and it will be up to the Coach to decide whether to carry on with it, and be successful, or to change.
"Let me be clear that I'm not making an ultimatum. The Coach has complete freedom to do whatever will make us successful."