Inter Director Piero Ausilio Explains Why Club Fought So Hard to Stop Ivan Perisic Joining Man Utd

Inter? Milan’s club director Piero Ausilio has revealed why Manchester United’s attempts at signing Croatian winger Ivan Perisic feel through in the summer.

Jose Mourinho was very keen on bringing Perisic to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window however, despite months of speculation surrounding the transfer, a deal never materialised.

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Now, Ausilio has gone on record revealing they opted to decline the sale of Perisic as he is valued too highly at Inter to have him leave, hence why they opted to resist the offers from the Red Devils and keep hold of the 28-year-old for the 2017/18 campaign.

Speaking on how much Perisic is valued at Inter, Ausilio said, as reported by Metro: “We know how important he [Perisic] is.”

He is happy to stay at Inter, he is a great pro, he takes care of every small detail and I think one can see it. He is a top player to me.”

So far this season Perisic has made 12 Serie A appearances, scoring four and assisting five, making him one of Inter’s top players so far this season.

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While many thought Manchester United may go on to regret failing to pen a deal for Perisic, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been standout performers for the Red Devil’s so far this season, performing admirably in the position the Croatian would have likely filled.

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Italian Legend Andrea Pirlo Officially Announces Retirement in Heartfelt Social Media Post

Former Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

The New York City FC star took to social media to announce the end of his “journey as a football player”, Pirlo confirming his retirement, aged 38.

The stylish midfielder is loved across the globe for his elegant playing style, the Italian midfielder’s famous passing range being one of the best in footballing history.

Born in Flero, Italy, Pirlo got his break in professional football at Brescia Calcio. Having worked up through their youth ranks, Pirlo went on to make 59 appearances for the Bianco Azzurro, scoring six goals.

In 1998, Pirlo earnt himself a £1.8m move to Inter Milan. The Italian would spend three years with the Nerazzurri, spending time on loan at Reggina and Brescia, before completing a £16m move to Inter’s rivals, AC Milan.

Pirlo would go on to be at the heart of one of the greatest teams in footballing history, making over 400 appearances for the Rossoneri and guiding them to a number of major honours.

After more than a decade in Milan, Pirlo upped sticks and moved to Turin, joining Juventus on a free transfer in 2011. The midfielder would go on to make 164 appearances for the Old Lady, cementing his place in Italian football history.

Over the last two years, Pirlo has been one of the marquee names in Major League Soccer. Joining New York City FC, along with Barcelona legend David Villa, the Italian has helped bring the American league to the forefront of world football.

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Inter Milan Boss Luciano Spalletti Believes Torino Are on His Team’s Level After Tight 1-1 Draw

?Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti told Sky Sports that Sunday’s opponents Torino are on the same level as his his side after the two teams drew 1-1.

It was a frustrating day for unbeaten Inter, who needed substitute Eder’s goal to rescue a point in a game where victory would have taken them top, at least for a couple of hours.

After the game, which Inter just about edged overall, Spalletti said: “Today’s difficulty Turin is a team at our level, I do not see any difference, they did their game, playing to win.” 

He also spoke of his frustrations at his side’s wasteful display as they dropped to third following a win for Juventus and a draw for leaders Napoli later in the day.

He added: “We’ve done something wrong with that we usually make a lot of wrong choices, so we have a draw.” Eder’s equaliser comes just days after he signed a long term contract with the club, and Spalletti spoke of his importance following his crucial goal on Sunday. 

He also said: “It’s a level alternative, we renewed the contract for it: it plays in three roles and when you have players like this who enter and change the game, one must also praise the mental aspect.”

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Napoli’s draw with Chievo later on Sunday means Inter are still just two points off top spot, and will hope for a better result when Atalanta visit the San Siro after the international break.

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Inter Milan 1-1 Torino: Hosts Miss Chance to Go Top of Serie A After Frustrating Draw

Inter Milan missed the chance to go top of Serie A after a frustrating draw with mid table Torino at the San Siro.

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The first half was a cagey affair as Torino frustrated their hosts throughout. Mauro Icardi had the best chance of a disappointing first half, though he scuffed Antonio Candreva’s pull back and allowed Salvatore Sirigu to make a very easy save.

Torino’s only chance in the first half came from a corner, Daniele Baselli’s glancing header going narrowly wide from a corner kick. However, the game picked up after the break and after Matias Vecino was denied by a brilliant save by Sirigu, ex-Spurs winger Iago Falque stunned the unbeaten hosts with an outstanding opening goal.

After a neat one-two, the Spanish winger ran through and fired past Samir Handanovic to give Torino a shock lead and put Inter’s unbeaten record at risk. The visitors seemed to briefly dominate and could have gone further ahead had former Inter midfielder Joel Obi done better with his header from six yards out.

Mauro Icardi wasted numerous chances throughout, but he was the key to Inter’s recovery as his superb, composed lay off in the box allowed Eder to blast the equaliser home from close range with twelve minutes left. The hosts failed to kick on from there, and Eder’s woeful shot that flew miles wide was the only chance of note as Inter were left to settle for a point.

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Napoli can now go four points clear with victory over Chievo, whilst current champions Juventus can overtake Inter if they win their fixture with Benevento later on Sunday.

Inter Milan: Handonovic, D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, Miranda, Nagatomo (Brozovic 76), Gagliardini (Eder 69), Vecino, Candreva, Borja Valero, Perisic, Icardi.

Torino: Sirigu, De Silvestri, Nkoulou, Burdisso, Ansaldi, Obi (Acquah 73), Rincon, Baselli, Iago Falque (Niang 83), Belotti, Ljajic (Berenguer 89).

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Manchester United Summer Targets Perisic and Belotti to Face Off in Key Serie A Clash

During the past summer window, Jose Mourinho was looking for a new goalscorer for his Europa League winning side to collaborate with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial but also, and more importantly, to replace injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic whose future at Manchester United was still uncertain. 

At the top of his target list were two players from Serie A who had scored a combined 37 goals in Serie A and provided 19 assists during the 2016/17 season. The Portuguese did all he could in order to secure either or both of them but eventually failed and opted for Romelu Lukaku. 

This weekend, those two players, Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Inter’s Ivan Perisic, face off at the San Siro Stadium in a historic clash between their two northern Italy sides. 

Their upcoming match will be a good opportunity for Mourinho to see if his summer attempts to sign them were actually worth it or, instead, it was all much ado about nothing. 

Who are they and how did they become so precious for their teams to refuse a job with the Premier League giants?

The first one is Andrea Belotti, Torino’s latest newbie who went from being an anonymous, 7.5m worth player to one of the most prolific youngsters of the league. His 26 Serie A goals consisted of quickness and outstanding ability to fool the best teams’ defences , earning him comparisons with Gabriel Batistuta, Gianluca Vialli and Christian Vieri.

The Rooster joined the Granata side last year from Palermo, and throughout the season managed to trick Juventus, Napoli, Milan, Roma and Inter and become Torino’s decisive goalscorer in many occasions. 

He quickly passed from being worth less than €10m to seeing his value increased by almost ten times, as Mourinho was reportedly ready to offer Torino around €80m. President Urbano Cairo refused the bid, claiming that he was not for sale, not even for €100m. 

As the new season began, Belotti still has to pay him off: his side have had a frustrating beginning of the year, with only four wins and three defeats, which have led them to ninth place in the league. The Rooster netted three times in eight games so he could be thirsty for more goals against second-placed Inter. 

Meanwhile, thanks to his heroics at Inter, Croatian Ivan Perisic caught Mourinho’s attention during the summer. 

With a past as a Bundesliga player, the 28-year-old landed at Inter in 2015, leaving the fans disappointed in the first season when he only scored seven goals in 34 games and often lost his temper when frustrated. 

However, after his mediocre first year he worked hard to improve and earn his fans’ admiration. At the end of the 2016/17 season, he was every Fantasy League’s favourite after providing 11 goals and 11 assists in 36 matches. 

His cooperation with Inter’s lead striker Mauro Icardi is something that they clearly have fun doing and has become so amusing and enjoyable to watch that last summer Mourinho wasn’t able to interfere. 

His impulsive temper is both his fortune and his weakness. If he manages to control his anger, Torino’s defence will have a very hard time to stop him on Sunday morning. 

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