Ausilio: ‘Inter took opportunities’

Inter director Piero Ausilio described their swoops for Lisandro Lopez and Rafinha. “They were opportunities and we were ready to take them.”

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“We begin again and go past a period where we weren’t quite as sharp as before, but nonetheless picked up plenty of points. We are in the running for the objectives we had at the start of the season,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“This is an important game, but not a decisive one. The players were all on vacation during this Winter break and we got to train for a week.

“The fundamental thing in the Luciano Spalletti project is to instil a winning mentality. In December there was a moment of difficulty, but the Coach has been working on everything.”

Lisandro Lopez is on the bench after arriving from Benfica on loan with option to buy, while Rafinha landed in Milan this evening.

“The transfer market is unpredictable. We could happily remain as we are now, because nobody asked to leave and we have no intention of losing players either. We brought in Lisandro and Rafinha because they were good opportunities and we were ready to take them.

“Rafinha was not a simple operation because Barcelona didn’t want to lose him other than on loan. We aren’t working for other clubs, we wanted an option to buy and we achieved that.

“We like to help players to develop and have the chance to keep them here at Inter.”