Friday June 3 2016
Suning: We’ll make Inter great

Suning Group’s Italian advisor Andrea Radrizzani has vowed to make Inter “great” again as the Chinese enterprise’s takeover nears completion.

Suning’s takeover of Inter is expected to be ratified on Sunday, and Radrizzani claims he recommended the company to purchase a significant stake in the club, while confirming Erick Thohir [pictured] will stay on in the short term and ruling out any Jiangsu Suning players joining the Nerazzurri on loan.

“Suning have big ambitions and will make Inter great,” he was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“First of all, I recommended to my friends at Suning that if they wanted to get into football, they’d have to do it in a certain way, with the majority of shares, especially if it was with a club who were an important brand and a complex business like Inter.

“There’s a visceral passion for football, the pressure from the media and fans is huge. I explained to them they were engrained in [footballing] culture and that it would be important to have an Italian management structure.

However, they trust Thohir, this I can guarantee, and the transition will be sweet for as long as Suning improve their understanding of Italian reality.

“This acquisition is good news for Inter. Suning are a solid group and can guarantee a bright future for the Nerazzurri. Will they spend? I think so.

“The Chinese know how big the Inter brand is and will not hesitate to invest because Inter will in turn open other doors in business and political relations.

“There will be commercial and technical interactions [with Jiangsu Suning], but we can rule out loan deals for their stars because Suning don’t want to deplete the Jiangsu squad as our priority remains for them to excel in China.

“Inter may be listed in the medium to long term.  Chinese companies investing in sports are interested in the stock market as the Chinese share prices have been very strong in the last few years, despite the recent ups and downs.”

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