Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar has played down transfer speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.
The Slovakia international only signed for Inter from Sampdoria in the summer for €23million, but he has hit the ground running for Luciano Spalletti’s men.
The towering centre-back, 22, has played every minute of all 12 Serie A games so far with third-place Inter trailing leaders Napoli by just two points.
Already the Slovakia international is being eyed up by the big boys with Barcelona believed to be watching the Inter man. According to Mundo Deportivo the Blaugrana are keen to improve their defensive options and sporting director Robert Fernandez has been scouring the Italian top flight and Skriniar has caught his eye.
Asked about the interest from Barca, Skriniar told Sport.sk: “I’m an Inter player, and I do not talk about transfers. Barç a is always Barça, but I do not say anything: I’m at Inter and I’m very happy.”
The defender also spoke of his admiration for Spalletti, who he admitted was a “tough coach”.
“I am very happy about the results the team is earning,” added Skriniar. “We struggled on Sunday against Torino, but Inter remain near the top of the table and close to Napoli.
“Spalletti? I know he always speaks very highly of me and I am happy he appreciates my performances. He is a tough coach, but very good; certainly one of the best in Italy.
“We have a great relationship. It is a great advantage that he knows when to work and when to relax. This leaves plenty of space for his assistants to work, so our sessions are always very dynamic.”