Conte: ‘Only a madman wouldn’t want a player like Lionel Messi’

Antonio Conte has responded to the rumours of Lionel Messi joining Internazionale this summer. The Italian has labeled the transfer as ‘fantasy football’ but also insists that if the forward would be available he would welcome him with open arms.

“I don’t think there’s a madman in the world who wouldn’t want Messi. But that kind of situation really is very, very, very far from Inter, from what we are doing and what we are trying to build.”

”We need to create a solid base, and then maybe… I repeat, this is fantasy football; however, I like the fact that when fantasy football is involved, the team that is linked to it is always Inter.”

Inter got back into winning ways on Saturday, beating Genoa 3-0. This means Conte’s former club Juventus need a win to secure the Serie A title. While Conte was happy with the win, he has accepted the fact Inter will not win the title this season.

“I think that so far we have 76 points, which is good, but I am sure it’s not enough to win,” Conte said. “Therefore the league will be won by someone else. At the same time, we must have the determination to finish as high as we can.”