Inter have officially confirmed Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito will leave after declining to offer new contracts.
These two stars of the Treble campaign in 2010 will be free agents next month, as their current deals expire on June 30.
“I speak to Cambiasso every day in an informal manner, as he is a friend,” director of sport Piero Ausilio announced in a Press conference.
“Today there was a difficult moment between him and I, as we talked about the future. Due to reasons of strategy, renewal and an Inter for young players, he will not be confirmed in the squad.
“We will not propose a new contract. He understood this and sooner or later will return to us.”
Cambiasso had hinted as much in a recent meeting with the Inter fan club, noting “you need two signatures on a contract.”
The 33-year-old Argentine arrived in July 2004, so ends a decade of service with the Nerazzurri.
Javier Zanetti is retiring – though he too had not been offered a contract renewal – while Milito is also walking away for a return to Argentina.
“We said to each other it was preferable to change, he knows that,” added Ausilio. “Milito does not represent a problem for us, as he is a professional who loves our club colours.
“I would like to win tomorrow with him as a protagonist. It would be great closure.
“When saying goodbye to such important players who built great success, it’s clearly disappointing and some might also be worried. Inter take responsibility for these decisions, even if they could be unpopular and difficult.
“We are a club looking to the future and want to open a new era.”
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