Milan Skriniar has been discussing his future with Gazzetta dello Sport, and the Inter Milan defender’s comments hint he will snub interest from Tottenham Hotspur.
Skriniar won the Serie A with the San Siro outfit last season and believes they must do it again next term. But he accepts another Scudetto will be hard, especially after Antonio Conte surprised him by walking out.
Yet the Slovakian could also go. Calciomercato note Nuno Espirito Santo is open to Tottenham signing Skriniar if they cannot land Cristian Romero. Fabrizio Romano also notes Spurs’ interest, but adds he will cost more than €50m (£43m) after a strong campaign.
He is still riding the wave of excitement brought on by winning the Serie A last season, too. And Tottenham target Skriniar is focused on another title, despite the interest.
“We are the Italian champions,” he said. “Now, it is the others who have to chase us. The feeling is wonderful, we really deserved it. And seeing it sewn on us gives energy and confidence for the future.
“Having won the championship, you cannot aim for anything less. We will work to repeat ourselves, even if we know it will not be easy. We must aim to win every game to prove that we are still the strongest.”
Skriniar added former Tottenham target Conte stunned him by leaving Inter Milan.
“He surprised me. With Conte we had become like a family in the locker room. Then it is clear that when you win the Scudetto, you would like to continue fighting all together for new goals. But that’s the way it went, the coach made his choice. But now we don’t have to think about the past, but what we must do for the future.”
Skriniar deals Tottenham blow with aims of back-to-back titles with Inter Milan
Skriniar has surely dealt Tottenham a blow to their summer transfer plans by targeting back-to-back titles with Inter Milan. His focus being on defending the Serie A would suggest the 26-year-old has little interest in moving to north London.
Nuno and Managing Director Fabio Paratici will have to hope Romero is more inclined to a transfer, then. Spurs’ options are dwindling fast with Skriniar – plus Jules Kounde – off the table, while Paratici is also reluctant to pay Bologna’s asking price for Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Skriniar would have certainly been a great option for Tottenham if he was open to leaving Inter Milan. The £97,000-per-week Slovakian helped the Nerazzurri keep 12 clean sheets in 32 Serie A appearances last term. And his stock is only on the rise with a title in his cabinet.