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  • Skriniar to frustrate Man Utd & Real...

    Milan Skriniar has dismissed suggestions he will look to leave Inter in the coming months and is adamant he will be at the Serie A club "for many years". The centre-back, who scored in Saturday's 2-0 win over Benevento, has impressed in his first season at Inter, having joined f...

    Skriniar to frustrate Man Utd & Real Madrid by spending 'many years' at Inter

    Milan Skriniar has dismissed suggestions he will look to leave Inter in the coming months and is adamant he will be at the Serie A club "for many years". The centre-back, who scored in Saturday's 2-0 win over Benevento, has impressed in his first season at Inter, having joined for a reported €23 million from Sampdoria. His seamless transition has not gone unnoticed and the 23-year-old has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona as a result. But Skriniar insists he is in no rush to leave San Siro, despite apparently hinting at the prospect of departing for a bigger club in a recent interview with a Slovakian outlet, which he claims was incorrectly translated. "I see myself here at Inter for many years," the 23-year-old told reporters. "I've never said I wanted to leave, just that anything can happen. "The translation was wrong. All it takes is to change two or three words and it changes the meaning. "I just want to help the team, by scoring too if I can. Defensively we have often conceded with the opposition's first shot, which doesn't help confidence, but finally we have managed to avoid conceding."

  • Inter 2 Benevento 0: Nerazzurri pick up ...

    Second-half goals from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia secured Inter a much-needed 2-0 triumph over basement boys Benevento on Saturday. The Nerazzurri's stuttering season appeared set to plumb new depths against travel-sick opponents until they scored twice in the space of ...

    Inter 2 Benevento 0: Nerazzurri pick up much-needed win at San Siro

    Second-half goals from Milan Skriniar and Andrea Ranocchia secured Inter a much-needed 2-0 triumph over basement boys Benevento on Saturday. The Nerazzurri's stuttering season appeared set to plumb new depths against travel-sick opponents until they scored twice in the space of three minutes. Skriniar lifted the mood inside a toxic San Siro when he caught Benevento sleeping at a corner, the defender running on to a bouncing ball to nod home. Ranocchia followed his fellow centre-back's lead soon after, meeting Joao Cancelo's inviting free-kick with a firm header that flashed into the bottom right corner of goalkeeper Christian Puggioni's net. Serie A's bottom club had proved a major stumbling block until the quickfire double, and even had a stong shout for a penalty at 0-0, Danilo Cataldi denied when appearing to tumble over Ranocchia's outstretched leg. However, the visitors finished the game with 10 men, Nicolas Viola sent off after receiving two late bookings, as Inter picked up a win that lifts them up to third in the table. For Inter, it's all about points, not performances. When they won the reverse fixture last October thanks to a brace from Marcelo Brozovic, they were unbeaten in seven games and appeared set to challenge for the Scudetto. Instead, a run of just one win in their last 10 league outings either side of the winter break has abruptly ended any title talk and instead left them in a fight to finish in the top four. Having seen his side struggle in a 2-0 loss at Genoa, Spalletti recalled Ivan Perisic and handed Rafinha his first start since joining from Barcelona, though the returning Mauro Icardi was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench. The changes failed to inspire the hosts in the first half, though, and it was Benevento who had the best opportunity to score before the break. Massimo Coda's fierce drive on the counter forced Samir Handanovic into a smart save and immediately triggered a chorus of jeers from a far-from-happy Inter faithful. At the other end, Gaetano Letizia's well-timed tackle stopped Antonio Candreva from calling Puggioni into action, the forward seeing the ball taken off his left foot just as he was set to pull the trigger. Matias Vecino finally managed Inter's first on-target attempt in the 54th minute, unleashing a 25-yard shot that Puggioni punched over for a corner in rather unorthodox fashion. Cataldi was outraged when the officials failed to point to the spot after his clash with the clumsy Ranocchia, who quickly made an impact in the opposite box to put the game beyond Benevento. By that stage Skriniar had finally broken the deadlock, heading home his fourth goal of the season via a deflection off the underside of the crossbar. Benevento's misery was complete with the dismissal of Viola, leaving them still without an away point in Serie A. While they're stuck at the bottom, things might finally be looking up for Inter. Key Opta stats: - Prior to today, the last Inter home Serie A game without shots on target in the first half was back in September 2016 (v Juventus). - The first shot on target for Inter came in the 54th minute. - Inter have won their last two home league games after three draws and a defeat. - Inter have scored the most headed goals in Serie A this season (11) – Benevento have conceded the most (12).

  • Barcelona midfielder Rafinha hoping to s...

    Barcelona midfielder Rafinha hopes his loan spell at Inter is converted into a permanent transfer. Rafinha joined Inter in the January transfer window but is yet to start for Luciano Spalletti's side, making four substitute appearances in Serie A. Inter have an option to purcha...

    Barcelona midfielder Rafinha hoping to seal permanent Inter move

    Barcelona midfielder Rafinha hopes his loan spell at Inter is converted into a permanent transfer. Rafinha joined Inter in the January transfer window but is yet to start for Luciano Spalletti's side, making four substitute appearances in Serie A. Inter have an option to purchase Rafinha before the end of his loan in a €35 million deal that could rise by a further €3m and the Brazilian plans a long-term stay in Milan, with no return to Camp Nou on his agenda. "Of course, that's what I want. I did not come here thinking that I will recover my form and go back to Barcelona," Rafinha told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I want to stay here, then all else will depend on Inter. "Apart from [Spalletti's] football preparation, I like people like him who tell you things to your face. We had already spoken on the phone when I was still in Barcelona. He knows that I can play in all positions in midfield, but also in attack." Rafinha missed much of 2017 due to knee injuries but is fit and ready to aid Inter in their battle to qualify for the Champions League, the Nerazzurri sitting fifth in Serie A. "Now I feel good, I'm finding the right rhythm, I'm happy with my condition and I'm adapting," Rafinha said. "I would say that every player wants to start matches from the beginning, but between the physical recovery and the need to understand a new style of football I think the approach was the best. "It's better, some pains are quite normal after months of inactivity, but everything is going in the right direction, I feel close to the top."

  • Man Utd & Real Madrid in for Icardi?...

    Inter striker Mauro Icardi is attracting interest from “important teams”, with Manchester United and Real Madrid reportedly among his many suitors. The Argentina international has remained a model of consistency for inconsistent Inter this season, with 18 goals netted in 24 appe...

    Man Utd & Real Madrid in for Icardi? Wanda Nara confirms interest from 'important teams'

    Inter striker Mauro Icardi is attracting interest from “important teams”, with Manchester United and Real Madrid reportedly among his many suitors. The Argentina international has remained a model of consistency for inconsistent Inter this season, with 18 goals netted in 24 appearances. That contribution, which now has him just four efforts short of 100 for the Nerazzurri, has sparked interest from leading sides across Europe, with the 25-year-old considered to be a shrewd addition for the present and future. La Liga giants Real are said to have identified him as a possible ‘Galactico’ recruit, while Jose Mourinho remains in the market for added attacking spark at Old Trafford. Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has now revealed that interest is being stepped up, while also telling Corriere dello Sport that she will not be relinquishing control of her husband’s career to the likes of Mino Raiola. She said: “In the last period, a couple of important teams have revealed that they want Mauro. “I’m taking care of his future, I have to listen to them, evaluate the offers and the situation. Names? No names. “I have been dealing with Mauro’s contracts for over three years and we have already signed two renewals with Inter. He is happy with how I work and has never thought about changing representation. “Mauro is a top player who continues to grow season after season. Many agents see him as a possible client, so they try to approach him. But he is calm and will continue with me: his representation will remain in the family. “I have great respect for Raiola and for many other colleagues who would like to work with Mauro. “(But let me clarify) I am the only one dealing with contracts and the future of Icardi. Everything passes by me. It’s been like this for over three years and it will be like that also in the future.” Icardi’s current contract with Inter is due to run until 2021 and is reported to include a €110 million buyout clause.

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