Sunderland will have to buy Ricky Alvarez, say Inter Milan officials

Ricky Alvarez (right)
Ricky Alvarez (right)
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Inter Milan remain convinced that Sunderland will be forced to buy Ricky Alvarez when FIFA finally decide on the outcome of the case.

Alvarez’s future is still in limbo, four months after Inter instructed FIFA as arbitrators in their dispute with Sunderland over the Argentine international.

It’s important for every club to respect the FIFA regulations, if they don’t they’re not cut out for football

Sam Allardyce

Sunderland were duty-bound to sign Alvarez in an £8million deal this summer after his season-long loan at the Stadium of Light, but pulled out of the deal by claiming Inter breached the terms of the contract.

Inter have been adamant that there was no escape clause for Sunderland after they avoided the drop and are confident their argument will be successful.

“We’ve made our arguments on this,” financial officer Michael Williamson told the Italian press.

“FIFA is working on this and we’re co-operating with the investigation, the judgement will be communicated when it arrives.

“However, we’re sure we’re in the right. It’s important for every club to respect the FIFA regulations, if they don’t they’re not cut out for football.”

Sporting director Piero Ausilio added: “All of our defences are based on something clear and well-written in English. We believe we’ve respected our rights in full.

“There was a loan with the unique condition of a large redemption in the event of staying up, regardless of appearances, without excuses.

“They found something else instead, which we consider unjust. In a few days FIFA will make a judgement, but we’re relying on the agreement (with Sunderland).

“The player has been sold to Sunderland, and that will be recognised by FIFA.”

Alvarez started just five Premier League games during his injury-hit stint at Sunderland, before missing the final two months of the season with a knee problem.

Sunderland believe that Inter’s hesitation in approving surgery for that knee injury saw them breach the terms of the contract.