Udinese midfielder Lazar Samardzic admits that it “hurts to lose” to Inter Milan after this evening’s Serie A defeat.

The 22-year-old spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInter1908, after the 2-1 loss.

Samardzic thought that he had his team well on the way to an improbable result with his first half goal at the Bluenergy Stadium this evening.

The former RB Leipzig midfielder’s effort was not necessarily the greatest of strikes.

But a deflection off of Carlos Augusto followed by a mix-up at the back between Denzel Dumfries and Yann Sommer was enough to see the ball roll past the goalline.

And the identity of the scorer was certainly notable.

Samardzic had been close to joining Inter in the summer. In fact, the Udinese midfielder had even underwent his medicals with the Nerazzurri.

However, the whole transfer saga turned into an outright soap opera after Samardzic’s father made new demands at the eleventh hour.

It is not exactly clear what the root of the problem was. But what was clear is that Inter pulled the plug on Samardzic’s signing as they had no interest in any new negotiations.

Udinese Midfielder Lazar Samardzic: “Hurts To Lose” To Inter Milan

Had Samardzic’s goal prevented Inter from winning, it would certainly have been a bitterly ironic twist for the Nerazzurri.

But in the end, Inter came back in the second half.

It took until stoppage time, but the Nerazzurri found a way to win. They took three more points as the Serie A gets closer and closer.

Samardzic commented that “I didn’t expect to score that goal.”

“Now we have to look ahead.”

“It’s a loss that hurts a lot,” the 22-year-old continued. “Because we played with the right attitude.”

“It hurts, but we have to look forward because we have to keep ourselves safe in Serie A.

Samardzic said of the transfer saga that “It didn’t end up happening. It hurts not to win this match.”