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Inter Milan GM Marotta: Lukaku and Hakimi wanted to leave; we recovered well

Inter Milan GM Beppe Marotta insists they didn't want to lose Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi last summer.

Lukaku left for Chelsea, while Hakimi joined PSG.

Marotta reflected: “The equation 'the more you spend, the more you win' is not always valid. There has been a strong shock, with the departure of the Scudetto winning coach and important players.

“In addition to the unlucky Eriksen, Lukaku and Hakimi had expressed the desire to leave and gain experience in other leagues, but we had the solidity of the ownership behind us and the fact that through those deals we had guaranteed the sustainability of the club.

“Then we tried to build a competitive team and to instil a winning mentality and I would say that we were lucky to choose a young coach like Inzaghi who is fully responding to what we asked for.

“We're happy with this year's results, hoping for the cherry on top. We owe this to the culture of work, the competence of the structures and the solidity of the club."

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