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Zhang Outlines Suning Long Term Plans

Inter President Steven Zhang has assured fans that Suning Group is running the club with a view to ‘the next 10 years’.

This season will mark the second consecutive season that Inter have made it to the Champions League, and Zhang made it clear that Suning have bigger plans than just qualifying for the Champions League. They want to bring silverware back to San Siro after seven barren seasons.

“Inter’s target is always to win every match we play,” he continued.“I’m not sure we can do it ultimately, but if you offered me the chance to fight for the Scudetto until the end and pass through our Champions League group, I wouldn’t take it.”

Inter’s lack of transfer activity in recent weeks has led to accusations Suning are not fully committed to the club anymore.Zhang reiterated the club’s importance to his father’s company, assuring their aim was to increase Inter’s annual turnover to €1 billion.

“Inter is a small business within Suning’s world but at the same time it’s an enormous responsibility,” he explained.“It’s a football club but it’s also a beating heart and a brand to which people dedicate a lot of their time and energy. Perhaps we didn’t realise that fully when we first arrived.

“Inter is hugely important to Suning. Having them represent us in Europe allows a lot of businesses to get to know us and put their faith in us. It makes us known among those people who are selling products in Italy and Europe.

“After three years of work you can see we’re a solid club with a strong team on the pitch. We have a good coach and good squad and we have twice as many people working for Inter now, which was unimaginable until recently.

“Closing the gap in revenue to Europe’s biggest clubs will be a long process, but it was an even bigger gap three years ago. Surpassing €1 billion is possible if you work on the stadium, sponsorship deals and TV rights both in Italy and Europe.”

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