Inter still struggling to accept Milan Skriniar's free exit to PSG

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Milan Skriniar left Inter Milan at the end of his contract last June to join PSG without any transfer fee being paid by the French champions. The decision has left Inter's sporting director, Giuseppe Marotta, grappling with disappointment.

Inter's attempts to negotiate an extension and extract a substantial transfer fee from PSG during the 2022 summer and 2023 winter proved futile, with PSG's Sporting Director, Luis Campos, remaining steadfast and ultimately acquiring Skriniar for free.

Giuseppe Marotta expressed his lingering disappointment, stating, "I felt a strong sense of disappointment. When a player does not extend his contract, it is not against the managers or the president but rather against the history and value of the club. He harmed Inter, not the people at the club," as reported by Gazzetta.

Marotta revealed that despite numerous attempts to find common ground, Skriniar rejected various proposals by Inter, including one featuring a release clause that would have benefited both parties. Marotta emphasized, "He pretended to want to extend when he was thinking of something else. He could have extended; we offered him many solutions, even adding a release clause that would protect him and the interests of Inter. But he always said no."

The bitterness lingers, especially considering that just a year before the conclusion of Skriniar's contract, Inter Milan had set a steep asking price of €70m for the 28-year-old Slovak.

Although Inter has since brought in Benjamin Pavard, the French defender's arrival has done little to ease Marotta's resentment towards Skriniar.