Tuesday September 10 2019
Zhang: Inter, Icardi, Lukaku...

Steven Zhang ‘wishes Mauro Icardi good luck’ at Paris Saint-Germain, says Inter are ‘aiming for the top’ and ‘really hopes’ Serie A has seen the last of racism. 

Zhang is about to close his first year as Inter President, having overseen a second successive Champions League qualification and appointed Antonio Conte as Coach.

“We have a great Coach and as a club we’ve supported him 200 percent,” he told reporters after he was elected to the European Club Association’s Executive Board.

“We had the transfer window we did because Inter must be aiming for the top. We ask the players to express their feelings, commitment and Nerazzurro hearts.

“Our vision requires us to always be in the Champions League. We’re participating for the second year in a row, but it’ll always have to be this way. Our objective is to stay at the top.

“The fans and the history of the club deserve it. However, our Coach has only been here for 100 days.

“We’ve also bought lots of young players and, even if everyone would like to win the Scudetto and the Champions League, you need to give yourself time to work and be patient.

“The results will come. I said that two years ago and that’s how it’s gone.”

However, the 28-year-old has also had to deal with the Icardi situation and the issue of racial abuse, which saw Nerazzurri ultras controversially defend the Cagliari fans who subjected Romelu Lukaku to monkey chants.

“Icardi’s a good lad, a good person and a good player. I talked to the PSG President, who told me that they were happy to have him.

“I wish him good luck and that he has fun on the field.

“These things should not happen in our stadiums. I really hope football matches can be delivering force to educate people around world. This competition is for positive attitudes and inclusion.

“It is for people to get better education and better understanding of each other. That is reason why we participate in sports and why football exists, not for violence and racism.

“I really hope, in San Siro, in Italy and all European competitions it will not happen again.”

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