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Conte anxious for transfer window to close: It can create worries for players

SoccerNews in Serie A 29 Sep 2020

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Inter coach Antonio Conte is anxious for the transfer window to close because it can cause worries for players while it is open.

The Nerazzurri began the 2020-21 Serie A season with a 4-3 win over a Franck Ribery-inspired Fiorentina on Saturday, with late goals courtesy of Romelu Lukaku and Danilo D’Ambrosio completing a dramatic turnaround.

While the win highlighted their effectiveness in attack, it did raise some questions regarding the defence – though Conte does not seem to think there is a great need to make changes.

After all, when asked about transfers on Tuesday ahead of the trip to Benevento, Conte was completely dismissive, stating he would rather the transfer window was not even open for the good of the players.

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez had been linked to Barcelona, although that has since gone quiet, while Milan Skriniar could join Tottenham after not proving an ideal fit for Conte’s defensive structure.

When asked if he anticipated seeing a “different Inter” after the final week of the transfer window, Conte told reporters: “It would be fairer for the directors to answer that.

“I, like all coaches, can’t wait for this transfer period to end. As long as it remains open, it can often create anxieties and worries for the players.

“I hope for that [the window to close]. The rest is for the thoughts of the executives, who are trying to do their job in the best way.”

Radja Nainggolan, who returned from a loan spell with Cagliari last season, is among those seemingly most likely to leave Inter, though Conte again showed no interest in the topic.

“I repeat, ask the directors about signings and sales,” he said. “It does not seem correct to me to talk about individuals. These are questions to be asked exclusively to those who deal with them.”

But Conte was a little more forthcoming regarding his next opponents, who are coached by a man he knows well: fellow “football addict” Filippo Inzaghi.

“I expect a tough game. Last year they won Serie B with many games to spare,” he said. “Inzaghi was a team-mate of mine, I know what he can give to the team.

“I’m happy for him and how he started. His guys in Marassi [the 3-2 win at Sampdoria] showed character. Great attention will be needed.

“As I said before, I had the pleasure of playing with [Inzaghi] both in Juventus and in the national team. We have shared many emotions for years.

“He is passionate, a football addict like me. He studies football and I was sure he would do well. I’m happy for him.”

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