Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that he will keep benching Croatian forward Ivan Perisic after he submitted a transfer request. Ahead of the Serie clash at Torino general manager Beppe Marotta revealed that the left forward wants to leave the club amid speculation linking him to Atletico Madrid and Arsenal.
Reports last week claimed that Arsenal already had a bid rejected by Inter to sign Perisic on a six-month loan deal. Spalletti confirmed that he will not be using Perisic any time soon: “It’s quite simple,” he said to Sky Sport Italia. “Players can say what they want, but they are owned by clubs.”
“They have signed contracts and, in order to leave, they need someone who is willing to pay for them. You can’t leave for free and with your salary paid by someone else. If, as Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me. Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.”
The Italian head coach explained that Perisic being unavailable forced him to change his tactics, switching to a formation that saw Argentine strikers Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez paired up front. “I changed the wingers with two strikers, because I didn’t have many wingers at my disposal. Perisic is unavailable, we risked Matteo Politano at the end because he wasn’t well, while Keita [Balde Diao] is out.”
“We made a different choice, based on physicality and not losing individual duels, so we could create chances for the front two. We hoped to create something more with the two points and in the first half we missed a couple of situations that could have given us the advantage. Now we’ve got to get the team back in order based on the tactical principles we have. We need everyone to do their job, because we were too sluggish in the tackles.”