Inter Milan sporting director Piero Aid has spoken out on the club's decision to sell Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool.
Aid was a guest last night on SkyItalia and his comments were reported by GianlucadiMarzio.com.
He explained that Coutinho's lack of immediate impact led to a short-sighted decision to sell the player who is now a Brazilian international.
He said: "He arrived at a very young age he was only 16, and we left him for two years with Vasco, then he arrived with Benitez and the expectations were very high.
"Rafa used him as a winger to the left or right in a 4-2-3-1, he had so many qualities. (Then) He did not play, we lost our patience and so we preferred to sell him, there was no more time.
"I would like to see all young players grow up and succeed at Inter. There are many who have passed through here and a when I see them wearing other shirts a sense of sorrow remains with me."
The event Aid misses out is the fact Rafa Benitez was fired by Inter after only six months at the club in late 2010. This was the first in a quick succession of managers, with their chopping and changing continuing ever since even into this season with Walter Mazzarri replaced by Roberto Mancini.
This led to each coach wanting to bring in their own players to work with and Coutinho's talent simply got lost in the shuffle. He became a figure on the balance sheet who was not playing for them, and Inter took the cash.
Yet with the playmaker nominated this week for the PFA Player of the Season award in England, and described by Jamie Carragher on SkySports as the club's go-to man since Luis Suarez left, it is little wonder Liverpool recently tied him to a new contract until 2020, and that Inter have reason to regret their lack of stability.