?Only eighteen months ago, relatively unknown centre-back Milan Skriniar was plying his trade in the Slovakian league. Now after a quick stop at Serie A side Sampdoria, the tough tackling defender is amazed he will now play in front of 80,000 at the San Siro every week.
Speaking to the ?official club website, the 22-year-old spoke of how the interest of a historic club convinced him to join the Nerazzurri despite a host of suitors lining up for his signature.
“Inter are a club with a great history,” claimed the young defender. “I’m delighted to be here and have this chance to train alongside some big players. I’m young and very keen to keep improving.
“It’s amazing to think that in 18 months I’ve gone from the Slovakian league to playing for a club like Inter.”
The tall defender will have his work cut out in the first team, with the tough task of displacing experienced centre half Miranda and the returning Andrea Ranocchia from the heart of the defence. Skriniar impressed last season in Serie A as the 22-year-old featured for Sampdoria 35 times in the league.
Slovakian international Skriniar has nothing but gratitude for former boss Marco Giampaolo, who helped to develop the relatively inexperienced stopper in a new environment and football culture after making the move to Italy.
“Marco Giampaolo helped me settle in and taught me lots of things about Italian football. I’m very grateful to him and to Sampdoria for helping me develop as a player.“
Now his attentions turn to working alongside new manager Luciano Spalletti, who was recently appointed Inter Milan manager at the expense of rivals Roma.
Skriniar is keen to ensure he impresses the new boss through hard work, waiting for his moment to shine.
“I spoke to the coach on the phone a week ago and he said he was happy to be able to work with me. Now we’ll get the chance to know each other better,” added Nerazzurri’s newest capture.
“I don’t know if I’ll be a regular starter – that’s up to him to decide. I have to work hard to improve as a player and then we’ll see how it goes.