Inter director Beppe Marotta: “I prefer Icardi over Lukaku.”

Andy Mattioli

Inter sporting director Beppe Marotta was once again asked about Romelu Lukaku’s failed return to the Nerazzurri and his decision to join Roma.

In an interview with, Marotta discussed Lukaku’s eventful summer and the consequences that Belgian’s decision to withdraw from talks with Inter may have upon his return to Stadio San Siro after the international break.

“I have seen many of these market dynamics and I am no longer surprised. Trust can sometimes turn into distrust and then disappointment,” said the Italian executive. “In football the God of money is king, I say that as far as Inter is concerned it is part of the recent past.”

“But it is the past, now we look to the future. Lukaku will be free to tell his truths, God forbid. I don’t think that him being on the bench in the Champions League final could have influenced his choice also because there was gratitude, respect and trust on our part.”

“Controversy is sterile and we don’t want to fall into it. In view of the match against Roma I know of the thousands of whistles the Curva Nord will bring to the stadium, let’s consider it a situation that must be managed well. It’s better to put effort into supporting our footballers, but I understand that fans have a civil right to criticize.”

“Lukaku or Icardi? Well, at this point, given how things went with Lukaku, I prefer Icardi,” concluded Marotta.

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