Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has put to bed speculation that he could leave the club for either Real Madrid or Manchester United by signing a contract extension at the San Siro.
The Slovakia centre-back is coveted all over Europe and we revealed in March that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea all had their scouts present in Cardiff when Slovakia took on Wales.
The 24-year-old has emerged as one of Serie A’s stand-out performers this season, and he was a target for Jose Mourinho last summer at Old Trafford.
More recently the Manchester Evening News claimed United were still interested in signing either Kalidou Koulibaly or Skriniar this summer to help address their defensive issues. Club chiefs apparently accepting it may take breaking the world transfer record of £75million for a defender in order to sign one of the duo.
However, all that talk has been been brought to an end after Inter announced on Thursday that Skriniar had committed to a huge new deal.
“Milan Skriniar and Inter have the same aims. And this is why FC Internazionale Milano has extended the Slovakian defender’s contract until 30 June 2023,” they wrote on their Twitter channel.
The news will now leave United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to firm up efforts to land another centre-half, though the club’s failure to be able to offer Champions League football is likely to hinder their search.
Skriniar always appeared adamant he was going nowhere anyway, having earlier this month underlined his commitment to the Nerazzurri.
“How much is missing for the renewal? Very little. I want to continue with Inter, I think my future is here,” he said. “If I rejected Real Madrid? I don’t know where this rumour came from.
“Champions League? If we win three of the four remaining games, we will be there.”
Inter are currently third in Serie A with just two matches left to play.
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