Marotta attacks Inter Milan over lack of “seriousness” in Vucinic and Gurain swap deal
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has announced that Inter Milan lacked “seriousness” in the potential swap deal between Mirko Vucinic and Fredy Gurain. Marotta claims that the Nerazzuri need to handle their business matter in a more professional manner.
In a news conference in Turin, Marotta launched a scathing attack against Inter Milan, suggesting that they agreed to the deal but then started shifting around before completely breaking off the deal.
Marotta further commented that he had been dealing with selling players for nearly 30 years and in that amount of time he had never experienced such incompetence. Marotta said that Inter Milan needed to seriously take their business matters seriously and stop wasting the time of other clubs.
Marotta also revealed that Inter Milan were the ones who made the first move by showing interest in signing Vucinic. In reply to their request Juventus offered them a swap deal for Gurain, which they were interested in.
“We even have an SMS from [Inter president Erick] Thohir to [Juventus president Andrea] Agnelli giving his consent,” Marotta said. “We are still trying to find out what happened.”
Marotta admits that Inter Milan’s decision to go back on the deal was influenced by the protests held in front Inter Milan’s headquarters by their fans. Marotta expressed his disbelief over Inter Milan changing their decision because of a small unrest.
Emphasizing on the importance of being true to your word, Marotta said that he was probably the most disappointed because players from both ends were looking forward to the transfer deal.
“The most incredible thing about this is that never before in the history of football had a player left a club and emptied his lockers in the belief a deal had been done only to have to come back,” Marotta said.
“These two players have been mistreated by Inter. Both had agreed conditions, both financially and in terms of the length of the contract.”
Marotta explained that Vucinic was looking forward to playing for Inter Milan. Marotta further said that Juventus were not going to abandon the midfielder and that the Bianconeri were very grateful for the services he had provided them with.
“Vucinic is a Juventus player,” Marotta added. We don't have to consider him an ex-player of ours -- he's still one of us.”
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is keen on moving away from Turin since he is being overshadowed by rising stars at the club such as Paul Pogba.