Inter Milan official blasts ‘absurd’ situation over Ricky Alvarez wrangle with Sunderland

Ricardo Alvarez in action for Sunderland
Ricardo Alvarez in action for Sunderland
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An Inter Milan director has spoken out about the ‘absurd’ situation the Italian giants and Sunderland find themselves in over Ricky Alvarez.

FIFA say they cannot put a timescale on when the Argentinian midfielder’s future will be clarified after rejecting the proposal for the ex-Sunderland loanee to return to his homeland.

Sunderland have been involved in a summer-long dispute with Inter Milan over Alvarez after failing to activate the £8million permanent clause in the midfielder’s season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light.

FIFA were called in as arbitrators and the case remains with football’s world governing body, who are refusing to give an estimate over when a judgement will be made.

Inter’s director of football Piero Ausilio has now spoken out about the ongoing legal wrangle.

He told Corriere dello Sport: “I find it absurd to have to go to FIFA on something so simple and obvious.

“FIFA will decide: with Sunderland there is a very clear agreement that says it all.”

Argentine side San Lorenzo had hoped to provide a solution by agreeing provisional terms over a contract with Alvarez after the 27-year-old appealed to FIFA to be made a free agent.

But FIFA last week ruled that Alvarez cannot join San Lorenzo before the uncertainty over his situation is clarified.

The Black Cats were duty-bound to sign Alvarez this summer under the terms of his season-long loan after the club retained their Premier League status.

But Sunderland argued that Inter had breached the loan contract by stalling over a decision on knee surgery for Alvarez, and were therefore able to pull out of the deal.