Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta dismissed the possibility of signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona.
Messi’s current contract expires at summer 2021 and it is reported that Inter’s majority shareholders Suning Holdings Group could pull off a ballsy move for the Argentine.
Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: ‘Messi on the cathedral? It wasn’t my idea. It reminds me of football from the past with such situations. We are talking about an icon, a great player, a desire that everyone has.’
‘It’s fantasy football, a utopian situation.’
Marotta then added: ‘Our football [in Italy] needs a lift. Champions raise the value of the Italian brand and football. If we could consider ours to be a championship in which the great champions come and stay, it would be better.
‘No Italian team is capable of carrying out such an operation unless extraordinary factors arise related to the shareholders, and therefore the actual owners.
‘Let’s not forget that we must respect FFP [Financial Fair Play]. This year, Covid-19 has ensured that there is some flexibility, but afterwards the rules will have to be respected.
‘Suning has already injected many millions into the company. Today investments have to give continuity and be done with a project.’