Beppe Marotta insists Inter and Antonio Conte “share common objectives” for the January transfer market and beyond. “I did not expect to be one point off Juventus.”
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Conte’s comments after the 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund hit the headlines, complaining the squad was sorely lacking in some areas, had not been put together well and needed reinforcements.
“I know Antonio very well, he is very severe and demanding. His culture of victory is very strong and he has his own special way of communicating,” the director general told Sky Sport Italia.
“We share the desire to seek excellence and victory. That is going to be a gradual process, so we are aligned with the desire to improve the squad in the January transfer window, where we’ll look at every opportunity.
“We agree with Conte’s requests for a strengthening of mentality and are all on the same page.”
What type of player is Marotta going to look for during the mid-season transfer window?
“Experience tells me the January transfer market tends to be fairly quiet. We agree with our coach that we’ll see what opportunities there are.
“We have a strong club, an excellent coach and he is very transparent when dealing with everyone. We share common objectives.
“We are looking for a player with experience, but not at the end of his career. We want to create a good mix of experience and youth. What we lack somewhat at the moment is many players with Champions League experience, so we want to keep raising the bar, making this a more competitive side with players who fit the profiles that the coach is looking for.
“To be honest, I did not expect to be just one point off Juventus at this stage of the season. We aim to raise the bar constantly, that is the desire of the club, the coach, the players and the fans.”
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