Inter Milan unveiled their new trio of Rolando, Wallace and Saphir Taider on Friday, but there was still no sign of a deal being struck with Indonesian media mogul Erick Thohir.
While negotiations continue with Thohir, who is interested in purchasing a stake in the Nerazzurri from current president Massimo Moratti, Inter’s latest signings were paraded at the club’s training ground.
All three have arrived with ambitions of making it to the top with their new team.
“I’ve come here to do the best I can and to contribute to a great season,” Wallace, who has arrived on loan from Chelsea, said. “Inter are a club with a great history. All clubs have got to respect and fear us. I feel ready to make my contribution from the very beginning.”
Wallace, 19, may only be at the start of his development, but Rolando, who turns 28 at the weekend, is hoping to bring his experience to the 2010 Champions League winners, and earn a place in the Portugal national team as a result.
“I want to work hard and do well here,” the former Porto player said. “This is a big club and I hope my experience here is worthwhile. I want to play in the national team and I chose Inter because I think I can do well here.”
Both Wallace and Rolando are new to Italian football and could learn a trick or two from Taider, who has joined from Bologna and now hopes to take the next step in his career.
“My aim is to help take the side as high as possible,” the 21-year-old said. “We will take to the field every Sunday to win.”
While they settle into their new surroundings, Moratti insists there will still be a familiar face chairing the next board meeting after emerging on Thursday evening with nothing new to report on negotiations with Thohir.
“No, this was not my last board meeting if you want to know that,” Moratti told the club’s official website. “The truth is, negotiations are underway and they could finish in any way because anything could happen, even if I have got to admit there is real respect between us.
“This ensures that everything is happening in a cordial manner, but at the same time, there are still big questions to answer and if they aren’t clarified, then things stay the way they are.”