Inter Milan manager, Antonio Conte, has said Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to start matches for the club.
Conte insists that he won’t put the Chilean in his first team because of interest of some individuals.
Sanchez joined Inter on loan from Manchester United during the summer, due to lack of playing time and fitness problems at Old Trafford.
However, he has not started in any of the Milan-based team’s matches since his loan move.
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He played the final 10 minutes of Inter’s 1-0 win over Udinese after the international break, but was left on the bench in both the Champions League draw with Slavia Prague and the Milan derby victory on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Serie A meeting with Lazio, Conte said Sanchez is still not ready to play in his side.
“For him it is worth the words I give for everyone else,” the former Juventus coach told a press conference.
“When I see ready players, they will be inserted [into the XI].
“I have to work in the interest of Inter, not of individuals.”
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Conte went on to claim that he is happy with his squad, including some of his new additions.
“Of [Romelu] Lukaku, I have said far and wide what I think, it seems to me superfluous to repeat it again,” he also said.
“For the midfielders, on the other hand, I am happy: beyond those who score, the more arrows we have available to our bow, the better.
“But even in the past, this is a department that has always played a fairly important and decisive role in my teams.
“When you start a new project, the hope is that it is long and lasting. The more you stay in a club, the more it means that your ideas are being assimilated.”