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Spalletti: Milan Skriniar not leaving Inter Milan

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Boss says defender is “out of everybody’s price range.”

Empoli v FC Internazionale - Serie A
Milan Skriniar of FC Internazionale reacts during the Serie A match between Empoli and FC Internazionale at Stadio Carlo Castellani on December 29, 2018 in Empoli, Italy.
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Despite reports to the contrary, Inter Milan have no plans to unload defender Milan Skriniar in the January transfer window.

Nerazzurri manager Luciano Spalletti said there were no teams who could afford the 23-year-old in his news conference following Sunday’s 6-2 Coppa Italia win over Benevento.

“Skriniar is staying here, he is out of everybody’s price range,” Spalletti said.

There was discussion that teams like Manchester United were interested in potentially signing Skriniar, but Spalletti’s comments have likely ended that.

The main focus for the defender will be working on a contract extension with Inter that would increase his annual salary. Reports have said that Skriniar would be looking to receive somewhere near €4.5 million per year to put him on par with fellow defender Stefan de Vrij.

Skriniar himself took to social media over the weekend to push back on rumors he was in talks to join Bayern Munich during the transfer window.

“You write things that you don’t even know,” the defender posted on his Instagram story. “You are sh***. Now write an article on this.”

The news about Skriniar staying in Milan comes amid additional reports that the Nerazzurri may be attempting to sign center-back Diego Godin this summer from Atletico Madrid — a move which would give Inter Milan plenty of depth at the center-back position.


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