Inter Milan defender rules out move to Barcelona

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has dismissed the ongoing speculation linking him with a switch to Barcelona. The Slovakia international joined the San Siro outfit from Sampdoria in the summer for €23million, and he has since cemented a regular spot alongside Miranda at the heart of the backline.

The 22-year-old has played every minute of Serie A action for the Nerazzurri, who are currently lying third in the league standings, just two points adrift of table-toppers Napoli. His form has captured the attention of a whole host of clubs including Barcelona, whose sporting director Robert Fernandez has been keeping a close watch on the Slovakian's progress in the Italian top-flight, Mundo Deportivo claims.

In an interview with, Skriniar refused to comment on the gossip linking him with Barcelona, and stressed that he is very happy with his role at the Nerazzurri, he said, “I’m an Inter player, and I do not talk about transfers. Barca is always Barca, but I do not say anything: I’m at Inter and I’m very happy.”

The former Sampdoria ace also spoke of his admiration for club manager Spalletti, who is deemed as one of the best coaches in the country, he added, “I am very happy about the results the team is earning. We struggled on Sunday against Torino, but Inter remain near the top of the table and close to Napoli. Spalletti? I know he always speaks very highly of me and I am happy he appreciates my performances. He is a tough coach, but very good; certainly one of the best in Italy. We have a great relationship.”

Inter Milan saw themselves outspent by close rivals AC Milan, who brought in as many as 11 players to their ranks. However, Spalletti would be delighted by the club's dominance over the Rossoneri, who have struggled to find the right balance within the squad. Inter face a tricky test versus the Rossoneri following the international break.