Monday December 9 2013
Inter need to sell before buying

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says the club will only sign players in January if they are able to reduce the size of their squad.

“We started with a slightly bigger squad, as we preferred to have two or three extra players,” the official told Sky Sport Italia.

“As we've got so many players, we might think about trimming the squad in January before we consider bringing anyone in, and we'll need to let a few go.”

The Beneamata did make some significant squad changes in the summer, but young guns Ishak Belfodil and Mauro Icardi are taking time to settle.

“Belfodil is improving, he's working well,” Ausilio stated. “We think he's at his best as a support striker.

“He had to play centre-forward against Trapani, that perhaps wasn't the ideal situation for him but he still did very well.

“He's young, he's applying himself and has great quality. We often forget just how young some of the guys are, like him, Mateo Kovacic and Saphir Taider.

“But I'm sure that with time they will come on, as has happened with Ricky Alvarez recently for example.

“Icardi? Let's forget his tweets, we'll just focus on Icardi the footballer and he's working very hard to come back.

“This is the main thing the club is interested in and it needs to matter above all to him.”