Marotta Wishes to Keep Dzeko, Talks Lukaku and January

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta was pleased with how Inter concluded the first half of their campaign, as they bounced back from the loss to Juventus by topping Bologna and Atalanta. He expounded in an interview with Radio Anch’Io Lo Sport (via Tuttomercatoweb).

“Nothing important changed yesterday, if not the awareness that we will be among the protagonists until the end. It’s a unique season, and we are curious to see whether the athletic performances will be affected. It will be hard for the trainers. We had a mysterious problem that we couldn’t figure out. We found some remedies, but there has been big difference between how we fared at home and on the road.”

The exec was quizzed about the future of Edin Dzeko, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

“I don’t think he’ll do like Ivan Perisic. He has proven that he wants to stay with us. He deserves an extension, and he’s great professional and he’s attached to our jersey. We will take that into consideration. We wish to re-up with him, but it takes two to tango. He surely knows how to score, like many experienced strikers.”

Marotta dished on Romelu Lukaku and his extended absence.

“His injury was unforeseen and unpredictable. He was affected by the desire to return quickly. We have to be cautious, but it’s part of the equation when you have 25 players. I think the schedule played a role too. It was too stressful and led to more physical problems.”

The official anticipates a quiet January window.

“It’s a time where you have to seize opportunities, but there generally aren’t many for big clubs. Honestly, our group is competitive relative to our goals.”

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