Inter CEO Beppe Marotta expects that contract extension talks with defender Milan Skriniar will begin very soon, and is optimistic that the Slovakian will want to find an agreement with the club.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset ahead of yesterday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, the CEO stated that he feels positively about the situation with Skriniar and believes that an agreement on a new deal will be found.

Skriniar is in the final season of his existing contract with Inter, and so if an agreement is not reached on a new deal the 27-year-old could very well leave on a free transfer at the end of the current campaign.

It has been widely reported that the Nerazzurri made extending Skriniar’s deal a major priority as part of deciding to keep him despite transfer interest from Paris Saint-Germain, however, and CEO Marotta is showing optimism that they will be successful in this regard.

“It’s normal that he’s been affected by the rumours, but Milan has great character,” Marotta said. “He’s an exemplary professional, he knows how to manage these things.”

“On more than one occasion, he has expressed his desire to continue with us,” he CEO added, “we’ll start negotiations as soon as possible. Personally, I’m very optimistic that he can continue with us.”