Kovacic dismisses transfer talk: Inter are on Barcelona and Real Madrid's level

The 21-year-old wants to stick with the Nerazzurri despite heavy speculation linking him with a move away from the Giuseppe Meazza

Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic says that he feels no reason to leave San Siro as he feels that the Serie A side are on the same level as Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the Giuseppe Meazza this summer, with Liverpool particularly keen on the Croatia international.

Reports in Germany this week also claim that Bayer Leverkusen have opened talks with Inter over signing Kovacic but the man himself insists that he intends to stay in Milan.

“I want to show that I deserve to be at Inter, I want to win with this shirt. Inter are like Real Madrid or Barcelona,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I want to stay here. I will not move… the relationship between Inter and me will be a long one.

“The club have never told me they want to sell me.”

Raheem Serling’s mega-money move to Manchester City has reignited rumours Liverpool are ready to meet Inter’s valuation of the former Dinamo Zagreb youngster, who arrived at San Siro in 2013 and still has another four years on his current contract.

“Sterling and I have two different roles,” Kovacic continued.

“Whether there have been offers from the Reds is not for me to say but eventually my agent will. Having said that, I repeat: I want to stay here.”

Kovacic also tipped new team-mate Geoffrey Kondogbia to be a success at San Siro after the Frenchman’s €40 million move from Monaco but conceded that reigning Italian champions Juventus remain a long away ahead of the chasing pack in Serie A.

“Kondogbia is powerful, protects ball extremely well, and has the physical and technical qualities. He is a nice player who will make a difference,” the playmaker added.

“Juve are still far away because they are a close-knit group who have been together for years. It’s true that they lost Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez but have added other important players.”

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