Milan Skriniar will no longer captain Inter after agreeing to join Paris Saint-Germain, says Simone Inzaghi, but the Nerazzurri boss still expects the defender to start Sunday’s derby against Milan.
Skriniar revealed he had reached an agreement with PSG last week, though the move will not occur until the expiration of his contract in June after Inter stood firm on his €20million valuation in the January transfer window.
The Slovakia international sat out Tuesday’s Coppa Italia win over Atalanta, but he captained Inter on his last appearance against Empoli on January 23, when he was sent off.
With club captain Samir Handanovic losing his starting spot to Andre Onana, Skriniar has skippered Inter for much of the season, but Inzaghi has now revealed that will no longer be the case.
“We have hierarchies based on appearances, but because of what happened he will no longer be the captain,” Inzaghi said at Saturday’s pre-match press conference.
“We talked about it very calmly with the club and the boy.
“The captain is Handanovic, then we’ll scale based on appearances with [Marcelo] Brozovic, [Danilo] D’Ambrosio and Lautaro [Martinez].
“The thing that matters most to me is the match.”
Inzaghi remains likely to name Skriniar in his line-up against city rivals Milan, who have slipped out of Serie A’s top four amid a six-match winless run in all competitions.
“I don’t judge his choices but the man and the player, who are unique,” Inzaghi said of Skriniar. “He is a splendid boy, who works very well every day. He will probably be a starter.”
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While both Milan giants have struggled to match the pace set by runaway leaders Napoli this campaign, Inzaghi expects the derby to be fiercely competitive.
“I can say that two teams are facing each other who fought for the Scudetto last year, who played in the Supercoppa Italiana, who are well-equipped and want to make their run without thinking about the others,” he said.
“In all the derbies I have seen that they are special matches, which live as single episodes, where a single decision can change the game from one moment to the next.
“We know that there is this gap, at this moment of the season every point is fundamental for any goal, whether it is to bring Napoli closer or to detach ourselves from the teams pursuing us.”
Having lost September’s return fixture 3-2, Inter are looking to deny Milan a first Serie A double over their rivals since the 2010-11 season.