Moratti denies Vieri 'betrayal'
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Massimo Moratti does not feel betrayed by Christian Vieri after he joined Milan.Internazionale supremo Massimo Moratti says he does not feel betrayed by Christian Vieri's shock decision to cross the San Siro divide and join city rivals Milan.
The powerful hit-man was a free agent after leaving the Coppa Italia champions at the end of the season, although in a suprising move opted to join Carlo Ancelotti's side.
Vieri spurned the likes of Newcastle and CSKA Moscow to make The Rossoneri his fifth Italian club, risking the ire of Internazionale fans in the process by joining their bitter rivals.
However, Moratti has moved to play down talk of betrayal as he aimed a broadside at their city counterparts by claiming that their new strike force of Vieri and Ballon d'Or winner Andrei Shevchenko would not strike fear into the hearts of The Nerazzurri.
"He arrived where he wanted," said Moratti.
"I don't myself feel betrayed and an attack with Shevchenko and Vieri doesn't fear me."
Moratti also underlined that Vieri's departure to the UEFA Champions League runners-up would not have any impact on his own plans for Internazionale's transfer operations.
The Nerazzurri have been strongly linked with a move for Parma talisman Alberto Gilardino, and Moratti was confident that his side possess a potent attacking force as it stands.
"We are ok in this way, Vieri's departure won't affect our market and I think Inter are already strong with [Obafemi] Martins and Adriano."Internazionale president Gicinto Facchetti echoed Moratti in reinforcing that the Vieri affair would not distract the club from their recruitment drive, whilst acknowledging that it was impossible to govern Vieri's destination once he left The Nerazzurri.
Facchetti also confirmed that the club had reached an accord for Real Madrid star Santiago Solari, whilst negotiations still continue for his Real team-mate Walter Samuel.
"When a club and a player decide, by mutual consent, to separate themselves, it is not possible to put in a clause and it is not needed to give an explanation for what a free player decides to do," Facchetti told Inter Channel.
"As for Solari the last day's negotiations allow us to say we are at a good point, for Samuel we negotiated and we are negotiating."
The Internazionale powerbroker also reiterated the club's interest in Gilardino, whilst confirming that Serie A's third placed finishers are also closely watching Atalanta striker Stephen Makinwa.
"Gilardino? He's a big player who performed really well last season," Facchetti continued.
"Inter, as always, follow with a big attention all players who are on the market, but I repeat in attack we have many champions.
"Makinwa? He's a big player too, we have spoken about him, we are evaluating."