Sunday March 31 2019
Zanetti: 'Mourinho talk disrespectful'

Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti shrugged off Mauro Icardi controversy and said Jose Mourinho rumours are “disrespectful to Luciano Spalletti.”

Zanetti was in London on Saturday for a charity event at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Inter Forever beat Spurs Legends 5-4.

Also present was Treble winner Mourinho, who is eager to get back to work next season after his dismissal by Manchester United.

“We always see Mourinho with great affection, as we experienced unforgettable moments together,” Zanetti told Sky Sport Italia.

“He came to say hello and we were all very pleased. I do want to point out he was not the Coach of the Inter Forever team, as that was Francesco Toldo, so Mourinho was just visiting.”

When asked if Mourinho could soon he back on the Inter bench for real, Zanetti did not appreciate the line of questioning.

“That seems disrespectful to Luciano Spalletti, who is preparing for a very important match against Lazio. There are still 10 games to go that will decide our future and we hope to achieve Champions League qualification.”

Icardi returned to training this week after he was stripped of the captaincy on February 13, but Spalletti still left him out of the squad to face Lazio for reasons that are unclear.

“I have nothing to add. Icardi was available again after a month of treatment,” continued Zanetti.

“The technical staff thought it best to take it slowly reintroducing him to match situations, so I see nothing strange in that. There has been too much talk around this and the important thing is to remain united to achieve the Champions League qualification.”

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