Inter Milan legend Luis Suarez has criticised the club for agreeing to sell star-midfielder Matteo Kovacic to Real Madrid.
The Croatian midfielder is all set to join the La Liga giants after the two clubs agreed on a transfer fee of around £25million.
Kovacic sparkled for Inter last season and was expected to play a massive role in the forthcoming campaign, with Roberto Mancini keen to build a side around him.
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Kovacic To Madrid
However, according to reports, Kovacic is on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, a deal which should be announced in the next few days.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has been at the San Siro since 2013, made 80 Serie A appearances for the club, and was wanted by Premier League outfit Liverpool, but they were told by Inter that no deal would take place.
However, they have now agreed to sell to Real Madrid, which has left a former player fuming at the officials for giving the green light for the deal.
Suarez, who played for Inter between 1961 and 1970, discussed the sale of the midfielder, and he believes it's a massive mistake by the club to let him go. The club-legend compared the transfer to when they allowed Andrea Pirlo to leave and join AC Milan back in 2001.
Suarez Criticises Inter
“Mateo had to become the focal point of Inter’s future,” Suarez, 80, told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“When you saw him play, you could tell he was on another level compared to the others.
“The comparison with Pirlo is appropriate. Andrea left because the club did not have the patience to wait for him to mature, and then he became the player everyone knew he would.
“Kovacic has the quality to become the new Pirlo. And don’t tell me he struggles in the defensive phase because at the same age Pirlo defended badly, but then improved in that aspect of his game.
“The player needed team-mates at a higher level that could help him grow, but instead he found himself as a leader at 20-years-old, and (he had to) assume responsibilities that were too big so that his flaws have been magnified and his productivity disappeared.”
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