Inter sporting director Beppe Marotta has insisted that the club have not set a deadline for defender Milan Skriniar to agree to a contract extension, as he enters the final six months of his current deal.
The Slovakia international is due to become a free agent in June unless he pens a new deal with the Nerazzurri, and is yet to commit his future to the club despite reports of a proposal being on the table for several weeks.
Marotta denies January deadline
In an interview with Sport Mediaset ahead of Inter‘s 2-1 win over Parma in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday, Marotta dismissed suggestions that Skriniar had to inform the Nerazzurri of his decision before the Supercoppa Italiana against AC Milan next Wednesday.
“We do not make deadlines, these are recurring dynamics in all clubs. I would like to stop talking about appointments and non-appointments,” the former Juventus director declared.
“Today we are focused on a very difficult period, in January there are so many games and so many points available, we would like to earn as many as possible.
“Beyond the right respects for the players, our concentration is on the matches we are going to play,” he added.
Skriniar featured in the victory over Parma as a second-half substitute, as the Coppa Italia holders needed extra-time to overcome the Serie B club at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
PSG interest in Skriniar
Skriniar has drawn interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, and La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that he is keen to remain at Inter but wants the club to move closer to the wages on offer from Les Parisiens.
Inter have proposed a contract extension worth €6.5 million per year, including bonuses, to put the defender in line with the highest earners at the club, but are not believed to be willing to go beyond this.
It is a contract discussion that has been rumbling on for almost a calendar year and many European teams beyond PSG have been linked, such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Liverpool at varying times.
Skriniar joined the Biscione from Sampdoria in 2017 and has made 239 appearances in all competitions.