Monday March 9 2015
Inter: ‘San Siro first choice but…’

Inter CEO Michael Bolingbroke hints that they could move out of San Siro if Milan’s stadium plans fall through.

The Rossoneri are planning to develop a ground of their own in the Portello area of the city, with their city rivals looking to stay at San Siro and renovate.

However, should the Diavolo be denied planning permission, Bolingbroke says the Nerazzurri will look at other options.

“We’ve already said that our first choice is to stay at San Siro and renovate the stadium, which would be a major project,” told Indonesian news outlets, as reported by Inter’s official website.

“For this reason, there are discussions in progress with the council.

“We’ll need to put significant investment into the stadium to turn it into a modern-day stadium, and obviously we’ll need to agree that investment with the council. It’s still very early days and Milan have quite some way to go in finalising their plans.

“What would happen if Milan didn’t leave? Well, we need a home.

“For the club and for the fans, it would be great to have our own stadium. San Siro is our first choice, but if it’s not possible there’s always a plan B.

“We’re already working on making the stadium experience even more entertaining and safer.

“Making the stadium a safe, fun place for families is a very important thing, so we’re looking at developing a family stand for men, women and children.

“The club now needs to focus on its medium-term objectives, one of which is being one of the top ten clubs in the world, both on the pitch and off of it.

“A critical part of that is consistent participation in the Champions League. Obviously, we’d still like that to start from next year, but if it’s not until the year after it doesn’t change anything – it doesn’t mean our plans are not going to work.

“We have a medium-term plan and Mancini hasn’t had a summer transfer window to build his team. This summer, he’ll have the chance to build the team he wants, so that he can play the formations he wants.

“I think then he’ll have his own team around him. I’m looking forward to next season and think it’ll be a great season for the club. Will Mancini definitely stay? Of course, unless you know something I don’t!

“In order to be among the top ten clubs in the world, away from the pitch we’re focusing on various business areas, such as increasing stadium revenue.

“We’re also working on the commercial revenue and on how to boost this with different kinds of sponsorship.

“We also want to reach fans right around the world, and digital media provide us with a very powerful tool with which to do that.

“After all, the name of our club is Internazionale!"

Bolingbroke also took the time to discuss the situation at Parma, who finally returned to the pitch this weekend after missing two games in connection with their financial woes.

“What’s happening at Parma is dreadfully sad.

“The Italian league is not the only one to have teams facing bankruptcy – it happens in England too.

“The important thing is that all the other teams and the Lega do everything they can to help Parma. That’s the right thing to do.

“Moreover, it’s about preserving an historic part of Italian football – the fact that you’re asking me about the situation shows that it’s being followed all over the world.

“I think it’s important to take the right steps. Having said that, I think this is a wider issue: football is just like any other business and needs to be managed well, with sound judgement and appropriate governance.

“I’m sure changes will be implemented to help teams to avoid ending up in those situations in the future.

“Historically speaking, football clubs are part of a community, and so if a club disappears this probably has a much bigger effect on the local community than any other business, because they’re woven into the community.”

Finally, the former Manchester United director gave an update on Inter’s Financial Fair Play case.

“In regard to Financial Fair Play, UEFA are working with us to find a resolution,” Bolingbroke assured.

“We’ve had a number of meetings with them and we’re continuing to do so, so we’ll let you know when everything is resolved.

“As of yet, there’s been no decision. In any case, we believe in UEFA and in Financial Fair Play.

“From our side, there’s the utmost respect.”

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