Moratti plays down triple link
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Massimo Moratti has denied Internazionale are looking to sign three big-name players.
Massimo Moratti has denied Internazionale are looking to sign Antonio Cassano, Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon in January.
Reports have claimed that the trio are on Inter coach Roberto Mancini's shopping list for the winter transfer window.
Mancini suggested he would be keen to sign Cassano, but Inter president Moratti is not planning a bid for the Real Madrid attacker.
"It has been a witticism," said Moratti. "Mancini has an esteem and friendship towards Cassano, but the player isn't in our plans."
Regarding an interest in Barcelona schemer Messi, Moratti insists his admiration for the Argentine has been blown out of proportion.
He added to Inter Channel: "Everyone now talks about Messi, who is considered everyone's dream, but everyone also talks about Moratti's foolishness for him.
"To tell the truth, I spoke in a really good way of him two years ago when he made his first appearance for the Argentina Under 21 national team.
"We had a little contact, but nothing else. Messi continues his career in Barcelona and Inter have no contacts with him."
Concerning Juventus keeper Buffon, Moratti said: "We must say strongly that we have the luck to have two really strong keepers.
"So, with all the esteem we have for Buffon, we do not have this type of necessity and we are not in the race, for the moment, to sign him.
"We have Julio Cesar and I want to reassure him that we are pleased to have him with us and that we count on him."