Internazionale accept Lionel Messi will not be joining them this summer

Internazionale have accepted the fact that Lionel Messi will not be signing for them this summer. The Italians had hoped to convince the Argentinian forward to leave FC Barcelona and sign a multi-year bumper contract at Inter. The club’s CEO Giuseppe Marotta has now revealed that they have accepted Messi will not be joining them.

“Everyone would love to have him, but it would be disrespectful to feed fantasies, and that is what these are”, Marotta told Sky Italia. “We have to go back to reality, knowing that Messi is a great player but he is at Barcelona. He is in the perfect environment. I think he will finish his career there.”

Inter beat Atalanta 2-0 on Saturday, a result which earned the Nerazzurri second place in the Serie A. Marotta was happy that his club has finished as runners-up. “We have to continue on this path, we have to keep on raising the bar and bringing our fans satisfaction. We’ve got a squad that have shown so much and proven that they’re up to the task, you can see the work that Conte’s done.”