Inter CEO Beppe Marotta expects that the club will meet with defender Milan Skriniar and his representatives for further contract extension talks this week.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset outside the Champions League round of sixteen draw, the executive updated on the contract talks with Skriniar and also spoke about the team’s form and about drawing Porto in the next round of the Champions League.

Inter have been in serious talks with Skriniar and his representatives since the first formal meeting was held shortly after the team booked their place in the Champions League round of sixteen by beating Viktoria Plzen.

There is still work to be done before an agreement on a new deal can be found with the 27-year-old, whose current contract expires at the end of June 2023.

However, for his part Marotta is expecting things to progress quickly, starting with another important meeting this week.

“During this week we’ll have a meeting with his agent, we have to get things wrapped up very soon,” the CEO said.

“He remains very attached to this shirt,” he said of Skriniar.

Regarding the round of sixteen tie against Porto in February and March, Marotta said that “On paper we’re the favourites, but as always it has to be decided on the pitch.”

The CEO also spoke about the team’s form and yesterday evening’s Serie A loss to Juventus, stating that “Against Juventus we deserved to lose.”

“I never look at the statistics but here they have to be a cause for us to do a lot of reflecting.”

“We’ve conceded nineteen goals, of which sixteen have been away, and we’ve lost four away matches,” Marotta continued.

“We’re Inter and we’re not used to these kinds of numbers,” he noted, “we need to do an in-depth analysis of the causes amongst ourselves.”

“With so many defeats away from home, we have to understand why our form is so much better at home than away from home.”