Lionel Messi (Picture credit score: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Pictures)
MILAN: Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte on Saturday dismissed speak of a reported transfer by the Chinese language-owned Italian membership for Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
“We’re speaking fantasy soccer, a scenario that can not be approached at Inter for a lot of causes,” Conte mentioned after Inter beat Genoa 3-Zero to maneuver second in Serie A.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, 33, has spent his complete skilled profession at Barcelona together with his contract resulting from expire in 2021.
“I do not suppose there’s a madman on this planet who doesn’t need Messi, however he’s actually removed from us and what we need to construct,” added the previous Juventus and Chelsea coach.
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta additionally brushed apart speak that the northern facet wished Messi to rival Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Leo just isn’t our purpose and I do not suppose he needs to depart Barcelona,” mentioned Marotta.
Conte, in the meantime, mentioned he hoped that the membership may attain settlement with Manchester United regarding on-loan ahead Alexis Sanchez, in order that he may play the Europa League with Inter.
Sanchez, sidelined for months with a knee damage, scored on Saturday together with his former United teammate Romelu Lukaku getting a brace.
“I hope that the membership can resolve the scenario as a result of to date, Alexis hasn’t been out there a lot,” mentioned Conte. “To have a top quality different in assault could be important for us.”