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Inter Milan have announced their intention to sue La Liga president Javier Tebas over his claims the Nerrazzuri are using “tricks” to sign Luka Modric.
Per Football Italia, the club released a statement on the matter, saying: “FC Internazionale Milano announces that it will take legal action against Mr. Javier Tebas in the face of statements made today in the Press.”
Tebas voiced his displeasure with the market and how certain clubs conduct their business in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC (h/t Football Italia):
“Things don’t happen just because we make mistakes, but I don’t think this is the case, but other clubs things have happened, which shouldn’t happen.
“I’m not only referring to PSG but also Juventus with the signing of Ronaldo and Inter, who have no money to buy players but then offer a mountain of money, the source of which I don’t know.
“Tricks in the market? As for Juve I don’t know. We’ll have to see how their deal [for Ronaldo] pans out, but Inter’s offer for Modric hid some tricks.
“The PSG-Neymar issue was also rigged. PSG are a club of ‘just tricks’ like Manchester City, and this generates circumstances that destabilise the market and media.”
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The outspoken Tebas has long aimed criticism at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, telling L’Equipe (h/t Sport Witness) UEFA should consider disqualifying them from European competition. Sport Witness noted many have accused of him of “sour grapes,” and he denied criticism of favouritism toward Real Madrid and Barcelona in the same interview.
These latest comments are the first regarding Serie A, and it’s no wonder he expressed anger at Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus and the links between Inter and Modric―as La Liga president, he would much rather see the two stay in Spain.
He has gone to great lengths to keep La Liga’s big stars around: As reported by Sid Lowe of The Guardian, he flat-out rejected PSG’s deposit of Neymar’s buyout clause last year, going directly against FIFA regulations.
Sportswriter Lars Pollmann thought Inter’s response wasn’t any better than Tebas’ initial comments:
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Reacting to dumb Real news with a dumb Real type statement https://t.co/etn4jJxHLZ
This isn’t the first time a club has threatened to sue Tebas, as Manchester City also hit out at the La Liga boss last year, per Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.