Legendary former Inter Milan striker Diego Milito believes that the Nerazzurri can deal with the imminent departure of defender Milan Skriniar.
Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, the Argentina also gave the view that a lot of the criticism that Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi has received this season has been unfair.
The Skriniar saga has gotten somewhat lost in the shuffle at Inter.
After the 28-year-old’s decision to leave when his contract expires dominated all the headlines in January, much has happened in the meantime.
Inter have had a rollercoaster second half of the season.
On the one hand, there have been major dips in form. It would be hard to overlook the role that the disruption of the Skriniar situation played in these.
Moreover, Skriniar has largely been out injured since the end of February.
On the other hand, however, the Nerazzurri have enjoyed a spectacular end to the season without the Slovakian.
Inter have won the Coppa Italia already, and tomorrow they’ll play in the biggest match in European club football – the Champions League final.
Inter Milan Legend Diego Milito On Milan Skriniar, Lautaro Martinez & Matteo Retegui
Asked about Skriniar, Milito was confident. He asserted that “Inter reached the Champions League final without him, they can easily continue to do without him.”
The Nerazzurri legend also gave his thoughts on another player reportedly on Inter’s radar, Mateo Retegui. “I like him, he’s grown quickly.”
“He has quality, and the right mentality,” Milito said of Retegui.
Finally, an open door to Inter for the future. “I’m not used to proposing myself but yes, I’d be ready to get involved. In any case, my bond with Inter will always be special.”
Milito gave his thoughts on Nerazzurri coach Inzaghi, stating that “He’s a great coach, who’s sometimes unfairly criticized.”
“He’s doing great work at Inter,” the former striker added.
Milito also looked back to when Lautaro Martinez signed for Inter in 2018.
“Zanetti called me,” he recalled. “We talked for a long time.”
“You could already see his talent,” Milito said of Martinez. “He didn’t need me to advertise him.”
“There was an offer from another club [Atletico Marid], but we didn’t close immediately, and Inter came in,” he added.
“They did well to act quickly.”
“Lautaro asked me for some advice, as someone who’d lived in Milan, but he was happy with the opportunity,” Milito said.
“I didn’t have to convince him.”
“He has the qualities that a great striker has,” Milito said of Martinez. “He’s complete. He can play up front on his own, but also pair well with another striker.”