Ausilio: "Champions League will give us 40 million. We will build a better Inter"
Inter are back to the Champions League after six years. Speaking to Radio Rai, the club sporting director comments on the qualification as well as gives us a brief idea on what to expect in the next three months.
“Champions League brings excitement and satisfaction and on the economic level, it gives us tens of millions and with that, we want to give continuity to the Inter project. This year was positive, same goes for the work of Spalletti and the players. Starting now, we will build a better Inter, with even more force.”
“He has a big contract for three more years. Two months ago, I said that we would sit down with him to talk about the future, the desire is to improve this contract to give him the right gratification for what he has given together with his teammates.”
What about Cancelo and Rafinha?
“We are very happy about the contribution that they gave us this year. We are also happy to have brought them here despite the criticism. Few people knew about Cancelo, some did not believe in Rafinha for the long period of inactivity due to injuries. We will make economic evaluations, not technical, we must look at other things. The Champions League will give us a hand but it will not solve the problems regarding the budget by June 30th. UEFA has asked us to make capital gains, not to buy new players. We will make these assessments and we will try to reach the financial goals with the hope of keeping these players. It is not easy, I want to be honest, as these are expensive redemptions. And their clubs do not want to discuss anything. So we have to find solutions but I am always confident. We have some time.”
How much is the Champions League qualification worth?
“The difference with Europa League is 40 million for the group stage, then the numbers change if you go far like Roma did this year.”
Would you play De Vrij in the game yesterday?
“Yes. In history, it is full of these cases. The contract was submitted in March and so in two months, he gave so much to the cause of Lazio. It is right for these players to play because they are professionals. In Germany and England, they would not have even talked about this case.”
In recent weeks, Handanovic’s performance has dropped…
“I did not see it. I honestly believe that Handanovic had a very good season. I think he is one of the best keepers in Europe.”
What is missing at Inter to fight for the Scudetto? Does Spalletti want Florenzi and Bruno Peres?
“I will deny Spalletti’s interest in these two players but we have already done something on the transfer market. We started earlier than others, reinforcing Inter with three players and everyone knows who I am talking about (L. Martinez, De Vrij and Asamoah). In reference to the Scudetto, I will say this: the fact of direct clashes is a great showing. Besides the game against Juve which I do not want to talk about, Inter never lost versus the top 7-8 teams. We won direct matches against Lazio, Milan and Roma but it is also true that we lost to the smaller clubs as well. We have to change mentality in those matches. I did not see any collapse, just moments of difficulty. We lost six games but never deserved it on the field.”
Brozovic and Perisic, are they staying?
“After yesterday evening, I would love to say everyone is staying but there is rationality. We want to keep the strong players, the ones that have proven to be important. And then add more to improve the squad. So, Brozovic and Perisic are the two players that we want to continue with next year.”
Source: Rai Radio