Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi does not feel that the uncertainty around Milan Skriniar’s contract with the Nerazzurri is adversely affecting the defender’s performances.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset ahead of the team’s Supercoppa Italiana match against AC Milan tomorrow, via FCInterNews, the coach noted that contract situations like this are part of modern football, but praised Skriniar’s professionalism and focus.
Contract extensions between Inter and Skriniar are ongoing, but with no clear indication on what the Slovakian’s response will be to the Nerazzurri’s offer of a new deal.
This could lead to some suspicion that the player may not be fully committed as off-pitch distractions mount.
From the vantage of his coach, however, the 27-year-old is giving his all in training and playing the way that he always has.
Of the possibility of losing the former Sampdoria defender, Inzaghi said that “It’s part of modern football, but it’s not affecting how I see him training and playing.”
“To me he looks very focused and calm, and I have a great club supporting me who are working to resolve his contract situation and all the other contract situations in the best way possible, that’s why I have utmost confidence.”
Of facing AC Milan in a final, the coach noted that “This has only happened twice in the clubs’ history, and it’s a trophy that would mean a lot to the club and the fans.”
Of the importance of President Steven Zhang, Inzaghi said that “It’s important to have the whole club close to the team, always ready to give us their support.”
Of the leadership qualities of striker Lautaro Martinez, the coach said that “It matters a lot for us, he’s come back [from the World Cup] charged up and he’s played even more than expected, partly due to some injuries to other forwards.”
“He’s a very important player for our team, and he has to keep playing the way he’s been doing,” he said of the Argentine.
Of when Romelu Lukaku will be back in the squad, Inzaghi said that “We’re evaluating one day at a time.”
“Romelu is working well, he has to get to the point where he can work without feeling any pain, something which has held him back a bit this year.”
“Let’s see how it goes today,” the coach continued, “if he doesn’t make it for tomorrow we’ll try to get him back as soon as possible.”