Tuesday October 9 2018
Moratti: 'No Juve rancour'

Massimo Moratti explains why he didn’t accept the FIGC Presidency, but assures there is “no rancour” with Juventus and he’d love Beppe Marotta at Inter.

The former Nerazzurri President had been put forward by current Juve chief Andrea Agnelli to become President of the Italian Football Federation, but opted out.

“It was a very nice idea from Agnelli, and a very courageous one too. It was something that could’ve seen some fans in disagreement, but instead I think it can cancel out, in a certain way, some of the anger after Calciopoli,” Moratti told RMC Sport.

“The anger over the situation in itself remains, but there is no rancour.”

Inter and Juventus continue to row over the Calciopoli scandal of 2006, which saw the 2004-05 Serie A title revoked and the 2005-06 edition handed to third-placed Inter.

“I didn’t feel it right to become a candidate, pushing aside Gabriele Gravina who had worked so hard to earn his votes. My rapport with Agnelli has always been civil and affectionate, as I’ve known him since he was a kid. Continuing the controversy seemed rather boring.”

The rivalry was shown between the clubs when Inter fans mocked Juve for not winning the Treble the way they did in 2010, but could the Bianconeri do it this season?

“They certainly have the determination and unity that can lead to great things. The Treble is never easy, because you need to put together so many elements, even if this Juve does have the capabilities to try.”

There are reports Inter could pick up former Bianconeri CEO Marotta, who surprisingly left the club this month.

“I do not make these decisions now, but I do admire Marotta very much,” added Moratti.

“He did so well both before and after his experience at Juve, is a balance figure who knows his job inside out. I would appreciate him very much at Inter.”

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