Sunday August 16 2015
Mancini: 'Kovacic to Madrid'

Inter Coach Roberto Mancini confirmed Mateo Kovacic is going to Real Madrid. “It’s a shame, but rules must be respected.”

The Croatian midfielder is expected to complete his transfer tomorrow for €35.5m.

“Am I disappointed about Kovacic? It’s a shame, but unfortunately there are rules that must be respected,” Mancini told Sport Mediaset Premium after a friendly draw with AEK Athens.

“I don’t think any of us didn’t want him here, but to respect the Financial Fair Play parameters we had to do something.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t make a squad capable of challenging. We are all disappointed, from the President to the players, but faced with rules we have to make sacrifices. It’s a pity some don’t understand that.

“Kovacic and Xherdan Shaqiri left for the same reason, so now perhaps we can do other things. We hope to sign suitable players soon, even if the transfer market goes on for the rest of August.

“Having sacrificed two important players will allow us to take other elements in roles where we are lacking. Full-back and midfielder? We’ll see.”

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