Inter Exec Starts Changing His Tune on Top Defender

Despite the courtship of PSG, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has generally sounded optimistic about coming to terms with Milan Skriniar, thus keeping him in Milan for a few more years. Instead, he was a little coyer before the Barcelona clash.

The executive was quizzed by Sky about whether the Nerazzurri would offer the Slovak the captain’s armband to entice him to stay.

“He’s an excellent professional and player. He deserves it. If his will matches ours, there’s a good chance to reach agreement. On our part, we fully intend to carry on with the negotiation and sign the new contract.”

Despite some reports, there have been no recent formal meetings with the entourage of the defender. On top of dishing on Skriniar, Marotta also commented on André Onana, who seems to have supplanted Samir Handanovic between the sticks for good.

“The integration has to be gradual, especially out of respect for our great captain. It wasn’t easy to usher in a new goalkeeper because the contexts in Serie A and Champions League were challenging. Simone Inzaghi is working very well.”

The official praised Napoli for their early performances and summer moves.

“The Italian system is struggling as we aren’t competitive with other leagues economically and financially. They have a winning model because they are a forward-thinking team with capable executives. Their success and enthusiasm are a good commercial for Serie A.”

Our Take on the Marotta Words on Skriniar

As others pointed out, the statements looked a lot like what he said right before Ivan Perisic turned down their offer and took Tottenham’s one. The situation is different, as the center-back has a suitor for January. They are running out of time to decide.

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