Inter CEO Beppe Marotta say’s he is sorry for what happened to Paul Pogba and insists its too early to make predications about the season. The Nerazzurri take on Milan this weekend, with both teams having a perfect record so far this campaign, having won their opening three league matches.
Speaking at the ‘Gentleman 2023’ award ceremony, Marotta fielded some questions about Inter’s hopes for the season, and also touched on the situation surrounding Pogba, who risks a lengthy ban for failing a doping test:
“Inter favourites in the derby? We are only at the beginning…”
“Pogba? I am sorry for what happened to him. I won’t go into it, but he is a great professional. It was an unfortunate case, Paul is a serious guy but I also say that there is levity on the part of the players. I read in the newspapers that if he took something, it was taken unintentionally. I hope this incident will be a warning to many boys.”
“The derby? As a team we have authority, a mix of young and experienced. After two years, Inzaghi’s work is paying off. The derby always has its charm, we hope it will be a good match. The dualism that exists is historic.
“For the Scudetto there are always the usual teams, but Juventus, Atalanta, Lazio and Roma should not be forgotten.”
“Dimarco’s contract? It was a fair extension, he has a very strong sense of belonging. He deserves it, we will start a discussion to renew the agreement’.
“Captain Lautaro? He deserves this responsibility. He has grown a lot, we are talking about one of our true protagonists of the team. Although he’s still young, he can show that he’s getting better and better. He is a champion.”
“Saudi Arabia? The summer was difficult, the consequences of this phenomenon cannot be understood yet. It disrupted the European market. It is an economic advantage, that yes, but it made European clubs lose quality’.