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Inter Milan coach Spalletti: Perisic transfer demand water under the bridge

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti insists his squad is happy.

Spalletti says the drama around Inter's campaign was overblown, including tension with Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic.

“It's a tricky moment, but it's not catastrophic. Some of you are even trying to insinuate Nainggolan didn't put the effort in to score his penalty in the shoot-out with Lazio. I see the team playing its football and losing only because of details.

“Perisic trained well, especially yesterday. His request to leave is water under the bridge. He is at our disposal and I am more than happy to play him if he shows me what I expect and what I know he can give.

“I read in the paper that Perisic was supposed to have been angry at me, but I was the one who kept playing him, despite what some might say. I see in this situation too that people are trying to stir up trouble.

“I said that it was better we didn't confirm publicly that Perisic wanted to leave, but it wasn't aimed specifically at Marotta, because all he did was deal honestly with a situation that had already leaked out. I wouldn't have said it, but perhaps Marotta was trying to give Perisic responsibility for his actions.

“Perisic was attracted by certain figures he was told about and we understand that reaction. Now the transfer session is closed and we need to get going. I am convinced he'll put that quality to use for Inter.

“I also urge the fans to stick together and protect the team. I realise Perisic was involved in some situations that might've irritated some, but he is our player and we must bring home results. Otherwise, we risk weakening ourselves and giving power to those who want to tear us apart. And there are many."

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