Inter Tie Star Defender Down to New Deal

Stefan de Vrij won’t call time on his career at Inter just yet, despite being linked with a summer departure over the past few months. As announced by the club, the Dutch defender has renewed his contract at Giuseppe Meazza for another two years. 

De Vrij’s new contract will keep him at the Nerazzurri until 2025. The club’s decision to extend the 31-year-old’s deal was anything but surprising. Milan Skiriniar and Danilo D’Ambrosio left the team earlier this month as free agents, leaving head coach Simone Inzaghi strapped for reliable defensive options.

While Skriniar completed his long-awaited move to Paris Saint-Germain at long last, D’Ambrosio has yet to find a new club. Inter are in the market for defensive reinforcements to fill the void. But holding on to their long-serving stalwarts, such as De Vrij, has been equally significant for Beppe Marotta. 

The experienced center-back joined Inter from Lazio in 2018 after running down his contract at the Stadio Olimpico. He has tallied over 200 appearances for the Nerazzurri in all competitions, helping them to five major titles. As one of the senior dressing-room stars, he has rightfully earned a new deal.

After Alessandro Bastoni and Hakan Calhanoglu, he’s become the last significant first-team cog to pledge his future to Inter. With Skriniar gone, De Vrij’s game time should increase next season. He managed 27 Serie A outings in 2022/23. But he is ready to embrace a more prominent role again. 

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