Inter Ultras: "Skriniar followed the money, but we do not want to crucify him"

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After announcing their plans to release a statement on their position following Milan Skriniar's signature with PSG ahead of next summer, when he'll be a free agent, the Ultras of Internazionale sided with the center-back and defended his decision publicly on Sunday.

Inter stripped Skriniar of the captain's armband following his decision to leave next summer to join PSG. He will remain in Italy for the second half of the season but he'll leave for free when his current contract expires by the end of June. He has already signed with PSG.

The sporting director of Inter, Giuseppe Marotta, confirmed Skriniar's exit on Sunday while also reasoning that the decision by the center-back led his club to remove him from the group of captains.

The Ultras of Inter understand the decision of Milan Skriniar to join PSG for free next summer

Inter went on to defeat crosstown rivals AC Milan in the derby on Sunday (1-0) with Skriniar playing the full 90 minutes but without donning the captain's armband.

"There is definitely a bit of sadness because we could have handled the situation better,” Marotta told DAZN after the game against Milan--reported Le Parisien on Monday morning. "Skriniar is a serious professional. He made a legitimate choice."

Marotta isn't happy with his position and role in Inter going forward, though, in terms of comfortably handing him the captaincy of the team. "To wear this armband, there are important values ​​that must be shared, such as the feeling of belonging to the project. If these values ​​are not present, it cannot be worn," assured Marotta.

The Inter Ultras of the Curva Nord published a press release in which they indicated that they understood the choice of the player in yesterday's derby.

“Skriniar explained to us that last summer the club informed him that he was going to be put on the market. He had to take action to find a new team, and after receiving interest from PSG and being certain that Inter would have sold him anyway, he secured an offer that Inter could not match."

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The statement continues by stating that "Skriniar tried to respond to Inter by lowering his demands, but even then he was unable to ignore Paris' offer. While Skriniar followed the money instead of his heart, we do not want to crucify a player who has contributed and who has given us so much satisfaction."