Inter Milan chief admits Eric Cantona regret after failing to sign Man Utd star

Former Inter Milan chief Massimo Moratti still believes his failure to lure Eric Cantona to Italy is his biggest regret in football.

The Italian was present on that iconic night at Selhurst Park in 1995 when the Frenchman clashed with a fan while playing for Manchester United.

Cantona would go on to get a nine-month ban after his infamous kung-fu kick on Palace fan Matthew Simmons.

He handed in a transfer request at Old Trafford before Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded him to stay, but Inter thought they could take advantage of the situation.

"I wanted to take Cantona from Manchester United but I couldn't," said Moratti when asked about his biggest regret on Italian tv show Che tempo che fa.

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"I would have loved to have him because I thought he [would have] solved all Inter's problems."

Back in 1995 Inter had played second fiddle to rivals AC Milan for several years and were looking to once again rule Italian football.

Moratti has previously spoked of his failure to land Cantona, the man who many see as the catalyst for United's dominance in England.

"Maybe if we'd signed him, we would have started winning sooner because Cantona would have changed everything," he said in 2015.

"I was at the stadium when he kicked that fan and I said that maybe it would help with our negotiations, because maybe they would let him go because of that. We were about to sign him and then, due to somebody's mistake, it didn't happen."

Moratti did manage to land one of United's 1990s stars in Paul Ince, who moved to the San Siro in 1995 for £7.5m.

"I was happy to have Paul Ince. Too little is spoken about him," he added. "He was an extraordinary player in terms of physical strength and charisma. A tough Englishman."

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