Leaving out Perisic not a problem for Spalletti

Spalletti will not turn to wantaway winger Perisic to improve on the results

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has confirmed that Ivan Perisic will not be considered for selection after the Croatian international handed in a transfer request.

Perisic was axed from the squad in Inter Milan’s latest Serie A defeat to Torino and Spalletti has made it clear that he will not turn to wantaway players to improve on the results.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal, with the Gunners interested in signing him on loan till the end of the season with an option to buy later on. However, it has been reported that the Nerazzurri do not want to offload him on a permanent basis.

“It’s quite simple,” Spalletti said to Sky Sports Italia. “Players can say what they want, but they are owned by clubs.

“They have signed contracts and, in order to leave, they need someone who is willing to pay for them. You can’t leave for free and with your salary paid by someone else.

“If, as Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me.  Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.”

“I changed the wingers with two strikers because I didn’t have many wingers at my disposal,” he added. “Perisic is unavailable, we risked Matteo Politano at the end because he wasn’t well, while Keita [Balde Diao] is out.

“We made a different choice, based on physicality and not losing individual duels, so we could create chances for the front two. We hoped to create something more with the two points and in the first half, we missed a couple of situations that could have given us the advantage.

“Now we’ve got to get the team back in order based on the tactical principles we have. We need everyone to do their job because we were too sluggish in the tackles.”

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