Inter Milan have revealed that Ivan Perisic’s new contract does not include a release clause.
The news was confirmed by club’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, following his side’s 1-1 draw with Bologna on Tuesday.
The Croatian was one of Inter’s vital players last season, where he managed to net 11 goals, and assisted 8 in the process. Perisic has started the new campaign in a similar fashion, if not a better one, scoring 3 goals and assisting just as many so far.
It is clear why Luciano Spalletti was adamant on keeping the talented winger, and his efforts have clearly paid off. The Italian played a vital role in Perisic extending his contract, and will be quite happy with the outcome.
Speaking to Mediaset, Ausilio revealed: “Nobody denies that this offer from Manchester United arrived, but we and Spalletti wanted him to be a key player for us and we were convinced that our project could be just as successful as the one the English club were offering.
“Ivan never asked to leave and his new contract is the logical consequence of that. There was no need to insert any kind of release clause in it.”
Manchester United spent the better half of the summer transfer window chasing the Croatian international, whilst making multiple bids in the process. However, all the offers were rejected by the Italian giants, who were reportedly demanding €55 million for the winger.
Consequently, talks broke down, and Jose Mourinho was unable to secure his long-term target. Shortly after, United were expected to make another attempt at signing Perisic during the winter transfer window. However, that no longer seems to be possible after his contract extension.
The Nerazzurri maintained a strong resolve throughout the whole transfer saga, and managed to keep hold of the 28-year-old, who recently committed his future to the club till 2020, and is expected to stay put for a good portion of that time.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
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