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Most important ex10sion of them all!

This is interesting considering the uncertainty around ownership
I think he locked himself into a contract he deserves.

He is a man of strategy, so Don Beppe probably gave himself a contract that will allow him to continue, regardless of the potential ownership change 😎
 

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Marotta talks Lautaro role at Inter, how he almost became a journalist, ‘breakdown of relationship’ with Skriniar, his admiration for Darmian and plans after Inter​

The Nerazzurri CEO recently penned a new deal with the club lasting until June 2027, confirming his role for the coming years. He has been a key figure since his arrival in December 2018 and has helped take Inter back to the upper echelons of Italian football.
Marotta plays an active role in the Inter transfer market alongside sporting director Piero Ausilio, working to pick up the right reinforcements for Simone Inzaghi’s squad despite the fairly limited funds available.

Speaking in an interview with Cronache di Spogliatoio via Calciomercato.com, Marotta first discussed the role and leadership qualities of Lautaro.

“Lautaro is first and foremost a very good footballer, but also a very good father. He is a player who has important values within him, he loves Inter as Inter loves him, this is a good concept.

“He wants to stay, and we’re happy to keep him. Today he’s already a talisman because he’s the captain of the team. If you’re given the armband, it’s because there’s a little bit of difference compared to the others.”

He was asked if Cristiano Ronaldo made him angry during their time together at Jubentus.

“He was a very good player, he still is and above all he is a great champion. The champion is that person who manages to convey beliefs to his teammates.

“He was a bit of a leader of the team, he was the most famous and he dragged the others into the game. So, it was challenging, but he didn’t make me angry.”

The Inter CEO touched on other roles in football he could’ve explored in his career.

“I had two paths I could follow: either be a director or a journalist. In the first six months I tried to do both, and in the end, I chose to be a director, also because the opportunity arose for me.

“When you gain experience, you can manage situations better. I’m famous because I often go around the question and say nothing, this is an Andreotti way. Or telling white lies, which is political.”

He explained where things went wrong with Skriniar, who left on a free transfer to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

“There were some differences, some difficulties between him and Inter. This led to the breakdown of the relationship of friendship and belonging that existed between us. Our paths diverged, he went to Paris, and we went forward without him. And I would say good.

Marotta discussed which low-key signings proved to be key additions to the team.

“There are many examples. The most recent one is that of a great professional who played for the national team, called Matteo Darmian.

“He’s a boy who Ausilio and I bought for very little money and today instead he is a player who is worth much much more than what we paid him, he is one of those who I respect the most for the seriousness he has and for a set of values.

“I hope you take him as an example, Matteo is a boy who has slowly demonstrated his value without the newspapers and television hyping him up.”

He revealed which transfer was the most difficult to complete.

“There is a player today who’s at Juventus called Pogba. He was a little older than you when we signed him, and it was a very complicated deal.

“Because he came from Manchester United, he hadn’t signed a contract so there were many teams that wanted him. It was difficult to negotiate his purchase, it was very complex.”

He backed Inter president Steven Zhang.

“Zhang is young, good, ambitious, he wants to be president of Inter. And so, we hope he stays, we’re all rooting for him.”

Finally, Marotta discussed his next steps after the Nerazzurri.

“In life there’s the possibility of retiring even when you’re younger, and it’s right that everyone follows their own passions. When I say that after football I’d like to go into politics, it’s because I like dealing with the problems of children, in particular in the field of sport.

“In Italy we still have problems, there are no structures, the training fields, the changing rooms are not adequate. I’d like to dedicate myself to doing these things to improve the quality of sport in Italy. It’s something I do with passion and for the good of your younger brothers.”
Grande Beppe
 

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More from Don Beppe - while attended the Gran Galà del Calcio on Monday night and spoke to Sky Sport Italia about the Nerazzurri’s season so far and their plans for the January transfer window.
“We have reached considerable levels of maturity and awareness, and this makes us face any opponent openly,” said the Nerazzurri director.
“There are players who are emerging more than the others. They are experienced and mature and, close to young players, they create a nice mix for a team that can be protagonists until the end of the season.
“With humility, I can say that we have built a winning model on and off the pitch,” Marotta continued.
“We all have a responsibility and a common task: identify strong players and build a strong team. Cohesion and a common target are crucial.

Former Milan star Alessandro Costacurta has recently said Inter look unplayable at the moment. Does Marotta agree?
“I believe this is a homogenous group. We have important and interchangeable players,” he replied.
“We saw against Napoli how Carlos Augusto played a new role with great authoritativeness. The coach can rely on important players. He [Inzaghi] is really good and has reached a very high level professionally so all these things together help the team work hard to reach important targets.”

Will Inter bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window?
“This is a strong group. We don’t have many weaknesses,” insisted Marotta.
“As you know, it’s not easy to find good opportunities in the January market so I don’t believe we will make coups that will revolutionise the team, maybe if somebody asks to leave. I insist we have important players who fit the club’s needs.”

The Nerazzurri are the Serie A table leaders with the best attack and the less-beaten defence. They beat title holders Napoli 3-0 at the Stadio Maradona. However, Juventus are just two points below Inter in second, so are the Bianconeri the toughest opponents for Simone Inzaghi and his players?
“Right now, I think so,” Marotta replied.
“As I’ve often said, they have an advantage as they don’t play any competition during the week so they have time to prepare. There are few injury risks and we are seeing many in Italy and abroad. Secondly, they have an experienced coach who is doing well, but it’s too early to say which teams are involved in the race. There are teams like Milan, Roma, Atalanta and Napoli. We are aware that, beyond the points we’ve earned, our level of performance makes us feel confident.”
Ausilio also confirmed that they don`t like the January transfer market.
 

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I think he wants to have better run in CL than his time at Juve aka winning at least one before thinking about leaving.
 

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Beppe Marotta has described the recent government decision to abolish the Growth Decree as an ‘own goal’ for Italian football and the country’s economy.

The Growth Decree had effectively been an incentive to bring foreign talents to Italy, not necessarily just in football, offering employers discounts of up to 50% on taxes payable for wages.

The Growth Decree had helped clubs to sign players that may have otherwise been out of their reach financially speaking.

Reports began to circulate on Thursday that a decision had been taken to abandon an extension to the Growth Decree, which would have lasted until February. The timing of the call could have a complicated impact for Serie A sides in the January transfer window and beyond.

Marotta spoke to Sky Sport Italia on Friday afternoon, explaining why he believes the decision will have a negative impact on Italian football:
“At a time when Italian football is climbing up the European rankings, at a time when three Italian teams have participated as finalists in the three most important European competitions, at a time when two Italian clubs will participate in the Club World Cup, the abolition of this tax relief from the growth decree represents an own goal for the world of football and for the country’s economy,” he said.

A predicted impact of the end to the Growth Decree will be an increased reliance on homegrown Italian players in Serie A.

However, not being able to sign top-level foreign talents quite as easily as before is not something that Marotta is looking forward to.

“The tax relief represented a tool to facilitate players of clear quality coming into Italy, but today this absolutely represents a handicap.

“Consequently, there will be a decrease in the quality of the football, not just directly, but also for the related activities that it provides.”

“The production of Italian players was certainly not directly helped by this tax break, which favoured the entry of foreign players. But, having quality players around allowed our young players to grow in an experienced environment and therefore, I absolutely believe that homegrown players will not find any advantage from this abolition.” - Don Marotta

These last minute decisions are preventing any serious business people investing in Italy.
 
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Coincidence or not, but the huge step which Inter made since Marotta came in, is quite impressive. The most impressive part for me is, how we are still competitive, even a scudetto contenders, after we have to sell some of our starts 3 seasons in a row.
 

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We had a few duds when we actually spent money, like Correa. Even in the Moratti era, a lot of cheap or free players became our legends - like Samuel and Cambiasso.

What I think how would Marotta's Inter look if we had more money - we would still go for cheap, proven players when possible, but we would also have the money to keep Hakimi and Perišić. I don't think we would spend 100m for CR7 like Juve did (which happened against Marotta's wishes)
 

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Yesterday, I compared (according Transfermarkt) what we spent vs income for players since Marotta came, including this season. It was rough calculation, but at the end we spent 501mln for players, and got 508mln from sales. This is impressive, considering how we raised the level in that period and that the quality of the team is still high enough to be a main scudetto contender.
 

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What he means is : 4th February! 💪🖕

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Marotta: ‘Juventus and Milan in Scudetto race with Inter’​

“Napoli did not suddenly become flops, many of these players won the Scudetto last season. Everyone knows in football that it is perhaps harder to confirm yourself than to win as underdogs, so a few problems were only natural.”

Inter’s Serie A Week 21 fixture against Atalanta is rescheduled to February 28. That has allowed Juventus to leapfrog them to the top of the table after playing an extra game, a potentially important psychological advantage going into the Derby d’Italia on February 4.

“Clearly, it is a head-to-head with Juventus. They have the advantage of being able to plan a full week for every single match. That also allows them to reduce the risk of injuries and that is not to be underestimated” added Marotta.

I know Juve are trying to hide their light under a bushel and say they are not the favourites, but that is reductive. We must remember that when it comes to Inter, Juventus and indeed Milan, the aim is always to win silverware. I therefore believe they are favourites just as much as we are and it will be an open race all the way to the end.”

Rubentus were excluded from European competition for financial irregularities and can focus all their attention on Serie A and the Coppa Italia.
You might have seen Allegri`s recent stingy statements about Inter, it`s an ongoing beef...

+ EDIT: collecting & adding recent Marotta statements that have not been shared here, yet.

On signings Pavard & Thuram
“We had the opportunity to sign an important profile for both the present and the future,” said the Inter CEO when discussing Pavard via TuttoMercatoWeb.
Pavard is a major asset. He has a great value regardless of his role on the pitch.”

As for Marcus Thuram, Marotta can spot similarities between the 25-year-old and his father Lilian despite playing in different positions. The Nerazzurri official says the striker shares the same values as the legendary Juventus and Parma defender.
Humility, courage and perseverance. Marcus has the same values as Lilian. The attributes are the basis of personal success.”

The Nerazzurri director insists that club captain Lautaro Martinez won’t behave like Milan Skriniar when it comes to contract negotiations:
“It is right that the club pays attention to the contractual situations of its players. On the one hand, you have to protect your assets. On the other hand, you strengthen the sense of belonging.
Lautaro is not like Skriniar. If he shows a desire to extend his contract, which also corresponds to ours, it means that we are on the right path and the marriage can continue for a long time.
Having loyal players is an added value. If the sense of belonging is missing, a player doesn’t even understand what it means to play or win a derby.
“The best thing for a club is to have a player who gives up joining more important teams in order to remain at his club.” - Marotta

Marotta shrugged off all the talk about Romelu Lukaku, saying the Belgian striker is in the club’s past now:
“Lukaku represents the past. No one at the club is still thinking about him. I mean nobody.
“Then, as a football man, these are dynamics that you have to take into account. It’s not the first time it’s happened during my watch.”

He also heaps praise on Inter coach Simone Inzaghi:
“Inzaghi’s record is very positive. The club is very happy with his work. He arrived at Inter with only one previous experience as a manager at Lazio. Inzaghi is young, compared to the average age of coaches in our league, so he can still improve.
“He is different from the other coaches I worked with in the past, as he should be. Simone prefers to play open and spectacular football.
“But then again. we are Inter, so the spectacle must combine with victories, otherwise playing well is useless.”

Marotta poured cold water on rumors linking the club with a January move for Porto striker Mehdi Taremi:
“I don’t think we’ll sign Taremi in January. But we are Inter and we are always attentive to every situation on the market.
“However, some stars were reluctant to accept Inter a few years ago. But now, many wanted to join last summer.
We had to say ‘no’ on several occasions. Thuram, Sommer and Pavard chose us. This means that Inter is a strong team once again.”

Beppe Marotta reveals that the club has rejected lucrative proposals for Hakan Calhanoglu this summer:
“We received important offers for Calhanoglu, but for us, he’s a very important player,” said Marotta in an interview with TRT Sport via FcInterNews.
“Hakan will remain with us also this season and will offer his important contributions to the club.”

He also explains why Inter must keep selling a top player every year:
“Inter is a model of financial sustainability. It is unacceptable that owners must continually inject money into the club.
“The Zhang family did so for around 900 million euros. We, as management, have an advantage, the ability to work calmly: this is important for club president Steven Zhang.
“But there isn’t a club that can do without selling players today. We have to sell an important player every year. The fans must understand this.
We must ensure that this team has an eternal life, guaranteeing the present and the future. That’s more important than maintaining a player.”
Denzel sale confirmed?
 
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It’s amazing how he’s transformed Inter into such a force since he joined Inter. It would be sad day when leaves.
 

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Marotta League flying all over Social media tonight. Lol
 
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