Skriniar negotiated his own contract

Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar has revealed that he finalised a new contract with Inter Milan by his own after parting ways with his representative. The centre-back’s future has been a regular discussion point in the past year with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona interested, but he has now put the rumours to bed.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Skriniar acknowledged that he had to personally deal with the contract discussions with his agent going nowhere with the discussions, he said: “Yes it is true, I scrapped the contract with my old agent and I represented myself. I am very happy and proud to be able to wear this shirt for a further three years.”

With the new contract, the Slovakian has committed his future to the club for the next four years and he is now looking forward to ending the season on a high by securing Champions League football, he added: “We want to take that last step in quality, this season we are only one win away from reaching the Champions League, something that is very important. First we have to achieve this then we can begin to go 100% in order to finish as high up as possible in the league standings.”

Inter are currently occupying the third spot on the league table and they have a four-point advantage over fifth-placed AC Milan. As such, they are comfortably placed in the race for the Champions League places but the pressure of expectation from the fans could make things tricky during the final two games.

Meanwhile, the future of manager Luciano Spalletti remains in doubt beyond the current campaign and reports indicate that he could be sacked regardless of the club’s European status. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been earmarked as the prime candidate to replace the Italian after holding a private meeting with the club’s board.