It’s official – Dutch international defender Stefan de Vrij has extended his contract with Inter Milan until the end of June 2025.

The Nerazzurri confirmed that the 31-year-old has committed his future in an official announcement.

Stefan de Vrij has decided to continue his Inter adventure rather than leaving on a free transfer.

The Dutchman had joined the Nerazzurri via that route in 2018, from Lazio when his contract with the Biancocelesti ran out.

De Vrij’s previous contract with Inter had run out at the end of last month. He would have been free to negotiate to join another club of his choosing.

Had de Vrij decided not to accept an offer from Inter and leave on a free transfer, Villarreal had been strongly linked as a destination.

Meanwhile, Premier League giants Manchester United have been linked with the Dutchman recently. Two other English teams have also reportedly shown interest, in the form of Aston Villa and Leicester City.

French team Marseille also came forward with interest.

Stefan De Vrij Commits Future To Inter Milan

However, the former Lazio and Feyenoord has decided to reject the possibility of joining a different club.

He has signed a new two-year deal with Inter. De Vrij will be under contract until the end of the 2024-25 season.

So far, de Vrij has made a total of 203 appearances in an Inter shirt since joining in the summer of 2018.

The defender has scored nine goals in the process.

De Vrij has won the Serie A title in the 2020-21 season. Then, in each of the past two seasons the Dutchman helped the Nerazzurri to win both the Supercoppa Italiana and the Coppa Italia.

Over the season just gone, de Vrij was often not first-choice. Francesco Acerbi’s arrival from Lazio seems to have bumped the 31-year-old to more of a backup role.

However, de Vrij remains a reliable servant at the heart of defense. Inter will keep hold of the defender, who’ll continue his story at the San Siro.