Thursday May 24 2012
Leonardo exit shocked Inter

Ernesto Paolillo has suggested that Leonardo’s decision to leave Inter last summer handicapped their preparations for 2011-12.

Coach Leonardo quit the Nerazzurri in July after accepting an enticing offer from Paris Saint-Germain to become their new sporting director.

Inter, with restricted options, opted to hire Gian Piero Gasperini only to dismiss him months later. Then, in March, current tactician Andrea Stramaccioni replaced Claudio Ranieri.

They subsequently finished the campaign outside of the top three and have thus failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

“Leonardo’s decision took us by surprise,” director Paolillo told Radio Sportiva on Thursday afternoon. “This time around, however, we’ve been able to plan things well in advance.

“We’ll look to concentrate on creating a squad with the right mix of innovation and the confirmation of certain champions.”

A deal for Genoa’s Rodrigo Palacio has been done, while a host of other players continue to be paired with the club.

“We are a side that only talk about transfers once they have been made official,” he added. “It is useless to talk about players until an agreement is in place.”

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