The Nerazzurri supremo admitted that the Brazil-born midfielder's heart was not committed to remaining at the club, also commenting on Ranieri's dilemma with SneijderInter president Massimo Moratti has declared that Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta did not wish to stay at the Serie A side.
Inter signed for the Ligue 1 side on deadline day of the January transfer window in a €10 million deal after growing unhappy at his lack of first-team opportunities at the club this season.
"It was hard for us to hold on to Motta," Moratti told Sky Sport Italia. "If a player lacks the heart to stay it is only fair to allow him to make other choices.
"He is a great professional, but he made a choice."
Questioned about Wesley Sneijder's role in the team, Moratti admitted that coach Claudio Ranieri is still trying to find the best way to make full use of the Dutchman.
"Sneijder wants to play and he has a strong character," Moratti added. "He always wants to play and he can make the difference with his determination."