Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed the sale of Mateo Kovacic to Real Madrid.

Mancini said the team had no choice than to sell the player because of Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Serie A side have accepted a €35m offer for the 21-year-old midfielder and he’s now expected to sign a five-year contract with Los Blancos.

Inter Milan have also sold Xherdan Shaqiri to Stoke City but have brought in Martin Montoya, Stevan Jovetic and spent big to capture Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco.

Mancini, however, insisted that his hands were forced in the sale of the players as it was essential if the club want to comply with UEFA legislation.

“What can you do? There are rules to respect. There is FFP and I don’t think any of us wanted this but unfortunately we have to follow UEFA’s impositions,” he said to Mediaset Premium after Inter’s friendly draw with AEK.

“This doesn’t mean we’re not trying to make a team that can fight without him.

“We’re all disappointed, from the president, to me, the directors and his team-mates.

“Both he and Shaqiri left for the same reason. But we’ll do other things. We hope to take in players that suit us.

“We’ll see what happens.”

The former Manchester City boss also spoke about title hopes this season after another below par showing in a pre-season game

“There were some difficulties, but that’s normal,” added the former Manchester City boss.

“There were good things in the first half, we did better in defense, the defenders have improved by playing together.”

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