Sassuolo forward Francesco Caputo discussed his relationship with Inter coach Antonio Conte, who managed him at both Bari and Siena, in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sports Italia earlier today.

“I have a great relationship with him, I grew up so much under his guidance. I’ve never received any proposals from Inter. I’m happy with what I’m doing in Sassuolo.”

The 32-year-old Italian, who is contracted to the Neroverdi until 2022, then discussed the toughest defender that he has ever faced.

“A really tough defender, one of the strongest to face, is Milan Skriniar from Inter.”

Caputo, who joined Sassuolo from Serie B side Empoli last summer, has made 24 appearances across all competitions so far this season, for a total of 2016 minutes. In that time, he has scored 13 goals and provided four assists, being a popular member of the squad. He has scored four braces for the club this season, including one against Roma in their 4-2 win.

Inter are looking for a new striker for a summer deal, regardless of whether the 22-year-old Lautaro Martinez is sold to Barcelona or not. The Nerazzurri were close to signing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in January, but the deal fell through as the Milanese side focused their attention on signing Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.