Monday August 1 2011
Gasperini ignores transfer talk

Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini insists that the transfer rumour mill is not upsetting his preparations for the new season.

Speculation suggests that the likes of Douglas Maicon, Wesley Sneijder and Samuel Eto'o could leave the club for England, while Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is again being paired.

"The transfer market closes on 31 August and we have all been trained to live with these rumours for the duration of the season," Gasperini told the club's website.

"I'm not worried or annoyed by these rumours and neither are the players. They are Inter players, they play their hearts out for Inter in any situation and they showed that against City.

"People talk a lot about the transfer market, but at the end of the day everything is just like it was at the start.

"Have Manchester United put in a bid for Sneijder? I don't know and I don't care, but it's not unusual for great players to be in greater demand.

"Sneijder plays for Inter, Eto'o plays for Inter, Tevez plays for Manchester City – this is real life, not what you read or hear in the media.

"I'll say it again – all too often rumours are spread for months and then, when it's all over, everything is exactly as it used to be.

"Now all of us here, club and team, are concentrating on Beijing, on the Italian Super Cup. After that there will be another 25 days of the transfer window and we'll see if anything happens."

Inter play Milan in the Super Cup Final on 6 August and the tactician has confirmed that Javier Zanetti will join them in China following the injury to Yuto Nagatomo.

"Zanetti will be in Beijing," Gasperini added. "I spoke to Javier yesterday in the morning regarding other matters.

"From a physical and a fitness point of view, having recently played all of Argentina's matches in the Copa America, he could be ready now or maybe with a little training."