Mancini confirms Kovacic sale to Real Madrid due to FFP

The Nerazzurri boss claims Uefa rules left them with no option but to accept offers for the Croatian and fellow attacker Xherdan Shaqiri

Roberto Mancini has claimed Inter were forced into selling Xherdan Shaqiri and Mateo Kovacic as a result of Financial Fair Play regulations.

Switzerland star Shaqiri was sold to Stoke City for  just under €17 million despite only moving to San Siro in January, while the Nerazzurri have accepted an offer worth €35m from Real Madrid for Kovacic.

With Inter having splashed out €40m on Geoffrey Kondogbia this summer and with Stevan Jovetic and Martin Montoya among those joining the wage bill, Mancini says selling the young attacking midfielders was essential if the club is to comply with Uefa legislation – though he promises they can still make some more signings.

“What can you do? There are rules to respect. There is FFP and I don’t think any of us wanted this but unfortunately we have to follow Uefa’s impositions,” he said to Mediaset Premium after Inter’s friendly draw with AEK.

“This doesn’t mean we’re not trying to make a team that can fight without him.

“We’re all disappointed, from the president, to me, the directors and his team-mates.

“Both he and Shaqiri left for the same reason. But we’ll do other things. We hope to take in players that suit us.

“We’ll see what happens.”

Mancini was also upbeat despite surrounding his side’s Serie A hopes this season despite another disappointing pre-season friendly.

“There were some difficulties, but that’s normal,” added the former Manchester City boss. “There were good things in the first half, we did better in defence, the defenders have improved by playing together.”

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