The Lega Serie A hit back after extraordinary suggestions from La Liga that Juventus and Inter resorted to “tricks” on the transfer market.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas claimed there were “tricks” used for Inter to approach Modric and Juventus in signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The Lega Serie A is surprised and upset by the declarations of Liga President Javier Tebas,” read a statement this evening.
“These comments were made without having any knowledge, yet damage the reputation and put into doubt the integrity of two Italian clubs and the League.
“The Lega Serie A cannot passively accept comments that use the media to destabilise us on the international stage.
“Serie A clubs operate within the parameters set by all international rules, which is why the Lega Serie A is going through a period of great optimism and enthusiasm, shared by media and fans all over the world, who grew exponentially in recent seasons.
“At the start of a season that will bring four Serie A clubs back into the Champions League group phase, we are certain that the rediscovered spirit and prestige of Serie A shouldn’t frighten opponents, but rather motivate the European panorama towards new apexes of competitiveness and entertainment.”