Cairo issues Torino warning?

Urbano Cairo has appeared to warn that Torino will be forced to make sales if they do not qualify for the Europa League group stage.

Torino lost 3-2 at home in the first leg of their Europa League playoff with Wolves on Thursday night, and the club’s President refused to comment onWalter Mazzarri’s defensive view of the match.

“I don’t want to go into details and technical things, that’s for the Coach,” Cairo after the game.

“We’ll reset ourselves for Sunday and then we’ll think about the second leg.  This team, who earned seventh place, had to be able to enter the group stage.

“You don’t need the transfer market for a single match. It’s not the case that if you sign so-and-so, you win the game.

“Football stems from your game plan and the business you do. Sometimes you get a new player and they must be on the bench because their teammates have qualified for Europe. I’m not one to jump the gun.

“I’m thinking about Sunday and then Thursday. After that, based on what will happen, we’ll make all the necessary assessments.

“My objective is to keep everyone. I’m standing by what I’ve said until now. I’d like to keep all my best players.

“We’ll see what the market combinations of the last few days have in store for us. I can’t say anything else right now.

“My objective was to keep all our best players and keep the squad refreshed. It’s clear that everyone staying must be happy to do so.

“There was no quality reinforcement available in July. They weren’t available.”

The patron was then asked about Napoli forward Simone Verdi, who has been heavily linked with a return to the Granata.

“If we’d found an agreement for Verdi, he’d be here with us right now,” he lamented.

“There’s no agreement with Napoli for Verdi, otherwise he’d be with us. I’ve received many enquiries for my players, but I said ‘no’ to all of them.

“I started off by saying that I wanted to keep the squad and add a quality signing to it. If we’d made a signing like that and you play Zaza and Belotti against Wolves, I don’t know if he’d play because he may lack balance.

“A quality signing doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll play.”

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