Defender set for future at Nerazzurri as Moratti dismisses speculation.
Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti has ruled out the possibility of Manchester United target Andrea Ranocchia leaving the club this summer.
The Italian international has been linked with a switch to the Premier League for some time, with the reigning champions rumoured to be interested.
However, according to the latest quotes attributed to Nerazzurri owner Moratti, it would appear that the club have no intention of selling the 25-year-old.
“Ranocchia won’t leave,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Ranocchia is one of the best Italians that we have in defence and he’s an Italian international too.”
Since arriving on the scene as a youngster at Bari, the towering defender has struggled for both form and fitness since his switch to San Siro.
Despite receiving criticism and falling down the pecking order in the national set-up, it appears that Moratti still has faith in the star and does not wish to cash in this summer.
The club patron also welcomed news that midfielder Fredy Guarin had committed his future to the Italian giants amid speculation that Tottenham were interested in signing the Colombian.
“Guarin? His words were welcomed,” he added. “He is one of the most requested players on the market, but he’s one of the players who we are counting on the most too.”
Moratti will hope for a more fruitful season this year, after appointing former Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri to replace the much scrutinised Andrea Stramaccioni.
He has placed his faith in the new coach, and while he has openly admitted that he would back him in the transfer market, it would appear the first task is to ensure that the club do not sell their most prized assets.