Inter Milan will wait until the end of the current season to make a decision on the future of defender Matteo Darmian.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who report that the Nerazzurri aren’t rushing to decide whether or not to offer the 33-year-old a contract extension.
At the moment, Darmian’s contract with Inter runs until the end of next June.
The former Manchester United and Torino defender signed an extension with the Nerazzurri last summer, extending his stay by one season rather than leaving on a free transfer.
Darmian is currently in his fourth season at Inter, having joined from Parma in the summer of 2020.
The Italian international has continued to regularly start matches at the start of the current season.
Darmian has played both at right-wingback and on the right of the back three.
It was in the latter position that the 33-year-old became a fixture last season. Having joined as a wingback – capable of playing on either the right or left – Darmian adapted to the right centre-back role whilst Milan Skriniar was injured.
However, Benjamin Pavard arrived this summer.
Inter signed the Frenchman from Bayern for a large transfer fee. There is little doubt that Pavard is the player who Inter see as the future in the right-sided centre-back role.
Inter To Wait Until End Of Season To Make Matteo Darmian Decision
Inter could certainly decide to offer Darmian a contract extension.
Last summer the Italian was in a similar position, and the club agreed a new deal.
However, it is not a foregone conclusion that the Nerazzurri will offer a new contract to Darmian.
The club’s intention is to wait and see how the rest of the season goes.
Should Darmian continue to have an important role in the team, then a new contract offer would be probable.
But the situation is not the same as with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian’s deal runs out at the end of the season like that of his ex-Manchester United teammate Darmian. But Inter have made extending Mkhitaryan’s deal a major priority.