Saturday June 4 2016
Moratti: 'Thohir wasted opportunity'

Massimo Moratti’s wife Milly warns “no decision has been made” on the Chinese takeover with Inter and Erick Thohir’s tenure was “a wasted opportunity.”

The deal to sell 68.5 per cent of the club to Suning Commerce Group is expected to be announced on Monday.

“No decision has yet been made,” warned Milly Moratti in Il Giornale newspaper today.

“Before talking about his shares, my husband is waiting to know something definitive. He feels a great deal of responsibility towards the team and the Nerazzurri fans.”

Former patron Moratti still owns 30 per cent of the club, but is expected to sell all his remaining stock while Thohir keeps 30 per cent.

“There is absolutely nothing personal against the current owner of Inter. Everyone has the right to run a club the way he sees fit,” continued Milly Moratti.

“However, Inter are a special side with special fans and its soul is specifically tied to the territory. See, that is what people failed to realise, the true value of being part of the territory. It feels like a wasted opportunity.”

Could Suning ask Moratti to take over again as their representative running Inter in Milan?

“He’d certainly be honoured and would evaluate how he could be of use. The respect of the territory and the values of Inter mean a lot to him.

“We met the Chinese investors briefly, as they came to dinner at our house. They really made a good impression, above all the son of Zhan Jindong, who showed he was very interested in the economic development of Milan and the enormous potential of the city.

“The Moratti family is available and counting on the enthusiasm of many Inter-supporting friends, who proposed many ideas when Massimo left the majority shareholder status.

“Yes, there are projects, but for now there is nothing. Change should not be feared. Change is an opportunity.”

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