Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti said the Serie A champions have “serious financial problems” amid continued uncertainty over their ownership.
Atalanta’s 1-1 draw against Sassuolo last week meant Inter were crowned Italian champions for the first time since JosÃ© Mourinho’s hat-trick in 2009-10, ending Juventus’ streak of nine consecutive Scudetti.
Despite having led Inter to glory, Future of head coach Antonio Conte remains uncertain due to Nerazzurri’s financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic as owners Suning Holdings Group are reportedly considering selling the team.
Reports of a possible sale first surfaced in the middle of the season and rumors about Chinese owners – who acquired a controlling stake in 2016 – persist amid the covid-19 crisis.
Zanetti: “Basically, we need a return to normality”
“It is true that the club could have been sold mid-season“Former Inter star and captain Zanetti told La Nacion.
âWe were going through serious financial problems, although we were not the only ones in such a difficult time.
“I saw that as a club we can still improve. The coach has done something extraordinary in two years, now it’s up to us to improve the internal mechanism and aspire to something more.
“Financial problems persist and it may take a few years to regain that balance. We need people back in the stadium to make the sponsors happy. In short, a return to normality.
“We must not hide, it is a delicate moment, but we want it to take a bigger step forward. What we need is an ambitious strategy that guarantees long-term sustainability. “
Conte won his fourth Serie A title this season – only five other coaches in the history of the league have managed at least four.
The former boss of Italy is just the second coach in Serie A history to win a Scudetto with Inter and Juve, joining Giovanni Trapattoni.
âConte brought a work ethic and mindset above all else,â said Zanetti. “He convinced even the youngest players that his project could really work. Since the day he arrived, not a day has gone by without his thinking about how to improve this team. He convinced the club to follow him.
“There was some initial skepticism about his past at Juventus, but they have learned to love him. He has been focused since day one and accepted this challenge like a true Interista. “