When you think of an Italian club that nurtures young talent, you don't think Inter Milan.
We are truly only a step away from completing the deal. We are really only a few details away from the transfer. At this point, if all goes well, he should meet up with the team in the United States. We were told it was a straight loan but the teams are discussing those terms. Inter have already agreed terms with the player. There’s no problem.
Inter Milan are never far from drama no matter what the situation is. At the moment, the club is in quite a bit of disarray. Inter are trying to pick up the pieces and return to glory after finishing ninth last season, 33 points off champions Juventus.
It's not the most optimal situation you'd want for one of your younger players.
There's also what has been a history of Inter Milan relying on older players to be the biggest difference-makers.
As a whole, they've failed to move on from the squad that won the Champions League in 2010. Inter President Massimo Moratti demands so much in the short term that managers are forced to ignore the talented young prospects. They instead rely on players in their mid-to-late 20s. It's just not a sustainable way to build success, and it completely undermines everything you do at the youth level.
Under Andrea Stramaccioni, Inter began showing some signs of change. It seemed he was there for the long term. He had won the NextGen Series in 2012, so he had a lot of experience with the players coming up the pipeline.
Now Stramaccioni is out, and Moratti has opted for a manger in Walter Mazzarri who represents little to no change to how Inter were run two or three seasons ago. Moratti tried to build a blueprint for a different way to run the club, and now he's completely thrown it out the window.
Mazzarri is going to rely on his older players, just like he did at Napoli. If things start getting rough, he's not going to all of a sudden entrust the young players to right the ship.
This is the atmosphere Wallace could be entering.
It's not a matter of whether the 19-year-old should be loaned. That is not the argument at hand. The more important discussion that needs to be had at Stamford Bridge is whether or not Wallace will gain a lot from going to Inter. Sure, he'd fit in well with Mazzarri's 3-5-2 system. That won't do him a lot of good if he never gets on the pitch, though.
Chelsea can seek whatever assurances they want from Inter that Wallace will see the field. At the end of the day, it's up to Inter to utilize Wallace as they please. If Mazzarri thinks a more experienced player will help get Inter back into the top three, then he's going to play that older player. He's not going to take Chelsea's desires into account.
The Blues have done a great job handling young players like Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and Josh McEachran and put them in positions to succeed when out on loan. They can't mess that great record up now.
With Wallace, the club would not be doing the player any favors and would possibly be stunting his progression.