After a rough start, Stefan De Vrij and the entire Inter defense bounced back in the last two matches. The Nerazzurri lowered their center of gravity, and that helped the Dutchman and Milan Skriniar, who had been far from perfect. The former had his best showing of the season versus Barcelona, contributing to containing Robert Lewandowski.
The 30-year-old headed to the bench versus the Neroverdi, as Francesco Acerbi has routinely replaced him in recent tilts. On the other hand, the alternation has kept them both fresh from the physical standpoint, and it showed.
Similarly to Skriniar, the contract of De Vrij also expires in June 2023. As per Calciomercato, there’s been very little movement on such front. The Nerazzurri have been more preoccupied with sorting the future of his teammate, whom PSG are insistently pursuing.
In addition, the ex-Lazio man has yet to choose a new representative following the passing of Mino Raiola. He had been assisted just by his lawyer during a legal battle with his former agency SEG. He and La Beneamata will likely take their time in making a decision.
Our Take on De Vrij
The Dutchman had performed too poorly in the early going for it to last, and in fact it didn’t. The presence of Acerbi dents his status a little but might actually be beneficial given his age and the busy schedule. He’s pursuing the final big contract of his career. Given the financial difficulties of the Nerazzurri, he will probably get a richer offer elsewhere, but his familiarity with the team and the coach might keep him in Milan. The future of Skriniar could be a factor too. The club might not want to replace two of its top defenders.
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