Inter chief praises ‘talented’ Ljajic

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Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has heaped praise on attacking midfielder Adem Ljajic, a new signing from Roma.

The 23-year-old Serbia international, who has over 100 Serie A appearances under his belt, joined the Nerazzurri on a season-long loan, with the option to buy, and the San Siro side are delighted to have him in their ranks.

"We always had a huge appreciation for Ljajic and even when he used to play for Fiorentina he'd cause us a great deal of trouble," Ausilio said.

"He's very talented and in Italy he already showed that he's worth a lot. We didn't think we could take away such an important striker from a direct opponent, and we're pleased we managed it."

Ausilio also spoke about transfers that didn't go through, such as Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah's controversial loan to Roma and former Inter prodigy Mario Balotelli's move to derby rivals Milan.

"I never thought of bringing [Balotelli] back to Inter," he said. "In spite of being fond of Mario, I always thought that his time with Inter was done.

"Salah was never a solid option. Inter were contacted by his agents, as were other clubs. We were told that the player could release himself from Fiorentina. We kept that in mind, but we were aiming for [former Manchester City striker Stevan] Jovetic."