Tuesday March 6 2012
Moratti: 'No AVB-Inter talks'

Inter President Massimo Moratti has reassured links with sacked Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas “are just rumours, absolutely.”

The Portuguese tactician had already been linked with the club last summer, but the Nerazzurri refused to pay the buy-out clause on his contract from Porto.

Now that AVB is a free agent and Claudio Ranieri is struggling, Moratti was asked whether talks were already in place for next season.

“These are just rumours, absolutely,” the President told journalists outside his Milan office.

“I saw parts of the Catania game. My mood was disastrous during the worst part of the match, when we were losing, then I have to say it was very important to have that fightback and show of character, while there were also improvements in the football.

“This can count for a great deal in certain terms, as it gives us a wake-up call.”

During that 2-2 draw with Catania, Esteban Cambiasso was jeered after his substitution, prompting the midfielder to burst into tears on the bench.

“I don’t think Cambiasso is even remotely offended for himself, he was just sincerely upset at the situation in that moment. Cambiasso has a strong character and doesn’t suffer these things.”

It is now reported Ranieri’s last chance saloon is going to be the second leg of the Champions League tie with Olympique Marseille, where he must overturn a 1-0 defeat.

“Marseille? There’s time. Yes, I have spoken with Ranieri.”

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