Reports: Serious rifts in Italian giants’ dressing room

In a latest piece of news, an insider source has apparently claimed that the dressing room of Italian club Inter Milan is “split into three factions” of players, with the levels of interaction varying between these “factions”.

Football Italia reported that the La Repubblica newspaper explained that an “irreparably divided environment” exists within the club, with the hierarchy inside being affiliated with various factions within the team squad.

The Italian newspaper further claimed that their mole from within the club said the following, quoting him/her thus: “The dressing room is split into three factions: Italians, South Americans and Slavs. Mauro (Icardi) gets along with everyone except Perisic, Marcelo Brozovic and (new captain) Samir Handanovic. The Balkanisation of Inter is by now at an advanced and irreversible stage.”

The rifts reportedly began after Inter’s then-captain Mauro Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara, mocked Ivan Perisic on live television. She had said that Icardi would “prefer to earn less money if the club could find someone to give him a decent cross” – indirectly taking a dig at the Croatian who plays on the left flank for the Nerazzurri.

Further problems have since surfaced, with Radja Nainggolan reportedly considering a move back to his former club AS Roma, Perisic handing in a transfer request upon hearing that English giants Arsenal is interested in him, Inter’s director Piero Ausilio considering a swap deal that could see them receiving Paulo Dybala from Juventus in exchange for Icardi, and so on.

It is also being heard that the club’s President Steven Zhang is trying hard on his own to restore Mauro Icardi’s status as a first-team player. The Argentine striker has not played with the club since his wife appeared on national TV, criticising the work of the club’s management in not paying the striker “what he deserves”.

The club management responded sternly, dropping him from all of Inter Milan’s matches for the forseeable future, a decision that stands even today.

The Nerazzurri got knocked out of the Europa League last week, losing the second leg of the round of 16 by 1-0. They are currently placed fourth in the Serie A table, from where they can offer absolutely no challenge to table-toppers Juventus who are 25 points ahead of them.