Inter have criticized Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala, calling his comments on the club’s stadium project “offensive and disrespectful”.
The Nerazzurri, along with their rivals in the city of Milan, have plans in place to build a state-of-the-art stadium to replace San Siro and renovate the surrounding area.
But speaking on Thursday, Sala revealed the draft was on hold until Inter’s ownership situation became clearer.
Current owners Suning, who acquired the club in 2016, are said to be looking to find a buyer amid financial uncertainty.
“I think until Inter clarify their fate, things must necessarily be at a standstill for us,” said Sala.
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“The point is, and I want to make it clear to the people of Milan, that we are not just talking about the stadium, but a project in which half of the investment is on the stadium and the other half on other things that make up the future of this area.
“It will mean that there will be, I suppose, five or six years of work. I cannot entrust a part of the city for such a long period to a reality whose future ownership is not certain.
“I speak with respect to [Inter president Steven] Zhang, but they must necessarily clarify the future of the club, until then I think it makes sense to stop.
However, Inter released a statement on their official website later Thursday that berated Sala’s comments.
“FC Internazionale Milano has a glorious, over-century history,” the statement read. “He existed before Mayor Sala and will continue to exist at the end of his term.
“We find the comments of the Mayor of Milan offensive to the owners, disrespectful to the history and reality of the club and its millions of fans in Milan and around the world, not to mention irrelevant to the current administrative process on the new stadium for the Milan project.
“If it is confirmed that Inter and the owners are not liked by the current administration, we will know how to make the resulting decisions.”