There were few boos, if any, for Inter defender Milan Skriniar at the San Siro in yesterday’s Serie A clash with Empoli, but the sense remained that his departure is now only a matter of time.

This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, via FCInterNews, who report that the atmosphere was tense and slightly surreal as the 27-year-old’s night came to a bitter end with an unexpected first half red card.

There had been some worry before yesterday evening’s match that Skriniar could be subjected to boos and whistles from large numbers of the Inter supporters in the crowd at the San Siro.

By now, fans are well aware of the former Sampdoria defender’s intention to leave rather than extend his contract with the Nerazzurri.

In reality, the reception that Skriniar received was far from hostile, although at the same time it was not exactly enthusiastic.

The player left the pitch with his head in his hands after two unnecessary and late challenges saw him sent off, and the feeling was that it was the exit of a player who is now only marking time before an inevitable departure.