Javier Zanetti confirms Inter have “serious financial problems”


Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti admitted that the club, crowned Serie A champions last Sunday, was in “serious financial problem”.

I Nerazzurri won his first title since 2010 after Atalanta failed to beat Sassuolo, ending Juventus’ stranglehold on Serie A for a decade.

Javier Zanetti

Zanetti is a legendary figure at Inter / Claudio Villa / Getty Images

But for all of their success on the pitch under Antonio Conte, Inter’s off-pitch financial woes have been well documented. In fact, things are going so badly at the club that club owners Suning Holdings Group have already considered selling – already having operations at other clubs in China.

Now, quoted by Spanish publication AS, Zanetti has admitted that the club’s dire financial situation worsened during the global coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the club – like everyone else in Europe – from receiving any money. from the door of paying supporters.

“It is true that the club could have been sold mid-season. ‘We 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 amazing in two years, now it’s up to us to improve the internal mechanism and aspire to something something more.

“The financial problems persist and it could take a few years to regain that balance. We need people back in the stadium to make the sponsors happy. Basically, a return to normalcy.”

Due to Inter’s poor financial situation, there is no guarantee that Conte, 51, will still be in charge at San Siro next season. The former Chelsea boss is the highest paid manager in Serie A, and he is closely linked with the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job.

Antonio Conté

Conte revived Inter’s fortunes / Maurizio Lagana / Getty Images

The move seems unlikely at this point, given their connections to Stamford Bridge, but it is likely that Inter will have to generate additional income by cutting some high income earners from their payrolls. Romelu Lukaku is the star attraction likely to attract the most interest, although it has been suggested that he is the only player the Nerazzurri do not want to sell at any price.

Inter were, of course, one of 12 clubs that had embarked on the now defunct Super League project which would have been a great source of income for the club had it not been for the fans’ reaction. not defeat the proposal.


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