Milan Skriniar has admitted that he never planned to walk away from Inter Milan, despite incessant speculation linking the defender with Tottenham Hotspur, while speaking to the Nerazzuri website.
The Slovakia international might have fallen out of favour at the San Siro last season but it seems all that is forgotten now.
The departure of Diego Godin to Cagliari over the summer opened the door for Skriniar to re-establish himself at the heart of Inter’s backline, and he has seized that opportunity with both hands in recent months.
The former Sampdoria stopper has started the Nerazzuri’s last seven Serie A matches, as Conte’s in-form side look to hunt down city rivals AC Milan at the top of the table.
Tottenham were heavily linked over the summer and ESPN in December reported that Skriniar was still Jose Mourinho’s top priority, with the Spurs boss a long-time admirer of his former Manchester United target.
But while the admiration is mutual between player and manager, it seems Mourinho will not be getting his mitts on Skriniar any time soon.
“I always wanted to stay here. I’m happy to be performing more consistently,” Skriniar said when asked about the ongoing speculation, adding that he has now adapted to Conte’s famed three-man defensive line.
“Now, I’m more used to the style of football here but I don’t think I was too bad last year. The team is growing game by game and everyone is doing better and better.”
Calciomercato claim that Inter Milan stood firm when Tottenham came calling over the summer, refusing to budge on their prohibitive £55 million valuation of Skriniar.