MORATTI: "ABSOLUTELY NOT WORRIED"
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 14:30:25
MILAN - "I'm calm, we're all calm. We will justify everything," said Massimo Moratti today about reports in Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera and news agencies regarding the investigations of prosecutors into the finances of Inter and other clubs. The Inter president also spoke about Tuesday's meeting with Roberto Mancini
and the transfer market rumours of a Ronaldo move to AC Milan.
Dr Moratti, are you calm or surprised after reading the Corriere della Sera this morning?
"No, I'm not surprised because I knew about this matter. Maybe the front page was a bit excessive... (smiles), but we're calm about the matter in itself. With all due respect for the prosecutor, who is right to go into these things, we're confident we can justify them."
The report said that Inter risked not being enrolled for the 2004/05 championship...
"Unfounded rumours. As a matter of fact, I read a few inaccuracies..."
So Moratti and the club aren't worried?
"Yes, without doubt. I have also made enquiries with the experts who have followed this matter, and they're just as calm."
Back to the football. You finally had that meeting with Roberto Mancini last night...
"Yes, but there has never been any problem, he too wants to do well. It's not as if he's thinking about a future without getting the results we have yet to achieve."
Mancini himself has spoken of a project...
"With the experience he has gained at the club, he can look to the future by looking even more at the growth of the youngsters, something that he has always done, to see what the team needs tactically. And we talk about players of interest, but with the team that is doing so well at the moment, there's no intention of selling anybody."
But you have decided when you will meet to sign the contract...
"Yes, and I have already said it will be when nobody talks about it anymore. Ours is a good relationship."
How does it feel to see Ronaldo so close to joining Milan?
"I have already spoken of my disappointment from a human point of view. But from a professional viewpoint Ronaldo is free to choose what is best for him."
But are you surprised by the possibility of Ronaldo choosing Milan?
"This can happen during the life of a player... If this whole thing is true, perhaps he doesn't like it in Madrid anymore and he contacted a team that needs this kind of player... However, I don't want to get too involved in these things. And besides, I like Ronaldo."
Have you ever thought of bringing him back?
"You'd always bring back Ronaldo... But we don't have this necessity right now, while Milan do."