Read what Inter's sporting director had to say to Sky just minutes before Rapid Vienna vs. Inter kicked off

VIENNA – Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio was interviewed by Sky Sport prior to Rapid Vienna vs. Inter kicking off: "The situation with Icardi? A decision was made that everyone agreed with, and it was a painful one to make. The reasons are serious and valid, there’s nothing to explain. Mauro remains important to us, he still has a lot to give to Inter. We are not questioning him as a professional or as a striker, which is why I hope he stays with us for a long time yet. 'Us' is the key word here and must always prevail for the good of the Club and the changing room. We have taken measures – and it’s the last thing we would have wanted to do – after letting something slide in the past. It might seem like a step backwards, but in terms of the future it’s ten steps forward. We’ll speak with Icardi, although it’s not right to speak of talks to clear the air because he’s never been put in discussion and he’s a great player. If he likes, we’ll set conditions to follow. Contract discussions have in no way been affected by these events, it’s a totally different subject. From tomorrow, we’ll make further evaluations as we’re all focused on the match now. Perisic’s unrest prior to the transfer window closing? I wouldn’t talk of unrest – it has nothing to do with the whole situation. The transfer market is now closed, and Ivan is working with us to achieve the objectives we have set ourselves."

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