Inter president Massimo Moratti has expressed his disappointment at failing to land Frank Lampard this summer.
The Serie A champions have tracked the Chelsea midfielder for much of the close season, but were forced to accept defeat when it became apparent that the Blues were unwilling to sell.
“There was a big problem with the kid, in that he belonged to Chelsea,” Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The club wouldn’t let him go and so it wouldn’t have been easy for him to come.
“Everything that potentially seemed possible turned out not to be so, and therefore it appeared to us that there was no point chasing someone for six months and we went for the alternative we had which was (Sulley) Muntari, who is showing himself to be a great acquisition.”
Inter have been also been linked with a move for Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma, but Moratti claims a move for the Portugal international is unlikely.
“I don’t think we’ll go back into the market. I don’t think (Jose) Mourinho has any other intentions,” he said.
“We have a lot of faith in the players already here and we also hope our injured players will be back soon.”