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Soccer: Guarin skips Inter training after aborted Juve move

Fan power stopped swap for Vucinic

22 January, 13:35
Soccer: Guarin skips Inter training after aborted Juve move (ANSA) - Milan, January 22 - Inter Milan's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin skipped training on Wednesday after fan protests contributed to his move to Juventus being aborted.

Inter announced on Tuesday that their Indonesian Chairman Erick Thohir has decided to stop negotiations with Juventus to swap Guarin, 27, for 30-year-old Montenegro forward Mirko Vucinic, when the deal looked on the verge of being closed.

A group of Inter fans had put out a statement on Monday criticising the idea of swapping Guarin for an older player and suggesting Thohir has been an absentee landlord since taking over the club in November.

Then on Tuesday hundreds of fans gathered to protest outside offices where talks between Juve and Inter were taking place when it still looked like the deal was set to go through.

Juventus described the last-minute calling-off of the move "disconcerting".

Inter are having a bad season. They are out of the title race, as they trail leaders Juventus by 23 points, and have been eliminated from the Italian Cup, so fans know they will have not trophies to celebrate at the end of the season as they failed to qualify for European competition. A club statement in which Thohir said Inter and their supporters needed to "remain united" was interpreted by some pundits as an admission that fan power had played a role in the deal being called off. Guarin was allowed to miss Wednesday's training session after Inter gave him two days off to allow some time for it to become clearer whether he is staying or going. Napoli are reportedly interested in signing him.