Alessandro Bastoni has confirmed that the contract extension talks between he and Inter Milan are progressing well.
Speaking in a press conference after the Nerazzurri’s Coppa Italia win over Fiorentina yesterday evening, as reported by FCInterNews, the 24-year-old described himself and the club as being “on the same wavelength” in the negotiations.
Bastoni’s current contract with Inter runs out at the end of next June.
However, the club have made it a priority to get nowhere near this point without a new deal in hand.
Inter have learned from bitter experience what can happen if they don’t lock a player down on a new deal and let him go into the final year of his contract via their handling of the Milan Skriniar situation.
The Slovakian rejected a contract extension offer and will join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
However, there doesn’t look to be any risk of that happening.
Alessandro Bastoni: Contract Talks With Inter Moving Along Well
It has always been reported that Bastoni is keen to stay at Inter.
The player’s agent confirmed as much last month.
Now, Bastoni has given further confirmation. “I’ve always said that I’m happy here,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve never hidden that.”
“The club and I are on the same wavelength, I think we’ll continue together and I’m happy.”
Of winning the Coppa Italia again, Bastoni said that “We’re happy, because it’s always great to win a trophy after we’ve suffered so much criticism.”
“We won the Coppa Italia final and then we’ll have the Champions League final,” the defender added. “But Atalanta comes first. Then we’ll focus on trying to make history.”
Of the final against Fiorentina yesterday evening, in which Inter had to come back from a very early Viola goal, Bastoni joked that “We hadn’t planned to concede so early on, that wasn’t our goal.”
“Fiorentina are a strong team, we knew the kind of problems they’d cause us even just from watching their league matches.”
“We wanted to get our strikers in space so we could hurt them, as we did on our two goals,” Bastoni added.
Of what the team will need in the Champions League final against Manchester City, Bastoni said that “We need to improve our approach at the start. We won a Champions League semifinal against Milan by starting strong.”
“Victory is a lifeblood for us,” he added. “It recharges us immediately, we would play tomorrow if we had to.”
“Now there’s an important match against Atalanta to come,” Bastoni added. “We’re fired up for it.”