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Written By Onyeka Daniel

In this summer transfer window, there has been much speculation on who newly crowned Serie A champions, Inter Milan will sell to help fund their transfer plans ahead of the 2024-25 season, and that decision may have been inadvertently made for the club. With Lautaro Martinez, Nicolo Barella and Alessandro Bastoni essentially off the market.

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That is three of their most valued and sought after players, hence, there has been several reports that it will Dutch defender, Denzel Dumfries that will be sold, even though the club also has the option of selling off some of their other players out on loan, but those might not generate the right amount of funds.

Now Dumfries himself may have seemingly confirmed his possible exit in an interview where he insisted that he is ‘in love’ with Inter and has no intention of leaving yet, even though his ‘style of play is suited’ to the Premier League, while also admitting that he’ll never go to dinner with Theo Hernandez.

The Dutchman Is currently in Germany taking part in the EURO 2024 tournament, where the Netherlands opened their campaign with a victory over Poland. It continues his success rate after winning the Serie A title and Supercoppa Italiana for Inter. “We threw away the title the first season, but we got there this time and it feels marvelous, winning it against Milan just made it extra special,” Dumfries told Italian transfer expert, Gianluca Di Marzio.


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“We dreamed and worked for three years to get that title. I came to Inter in 2021 with Simone Inzaghi and from then it has been our ambition, to win the 20th title and the second star.” The year before, the Nerazzurri had reached the Champions League Final, losing narrowly to Manchester City, so which of those two Inter teams was the stronger?

“It’s hard to tell, they each had their qualities and their characters. Both were competitive and it’s impossible to say which is better. We played a great game in Istanbul, but if Manchester City won, it means they deserved it. We are men and we accepted the defeat, we will continue working to get back to the Final and try to win the Champions League. “I have faith in the squad, the coach, the staff, and know we have a very good chance of winning this cup.”

Dumfries only has a contract at San Siro until June 2025, so for a while it was assumed he would be going to the Premier League this summer, but in recent weeks he has edged closer to instead signing a new deal with Inter. “I think my future is still here, yes. Inter is a great club and I am in love with it, I really feel at home here, like family.

“We’ve been discussing my contract renewal for a while now, but the club had some economic difficulties. As everyone knows, there has now been a change of ownership. During the Euros or even after, we’ll see what happens.” Suning failed to repay a loan of nearly €385m, so lost control of Inter to American fund Oaktree, but the management has remained essentially the same.

Manchester United and Aston Villa have been heavily linked with a potential move for Dumfries and he certainly does not close that door. “It is no secret that I would like to play in the Premier League, as I love that league and my style of play is suited to the English game. But I am blessed from God by being able to play for Inter, where I won six trophies in three years. As I said, this is my home and my family is happy in Milan,” continued Dumfries.

“I could never leave Inter just to make a ‘dream’ come true. My blood is Nerazzurri, this is my family! I don’t want to leave.” He was fined for holding up an insulting banner during the Scudetto celebrations depicting him as a video game character with Milan full-back Theo Hernandez as a dog on a leash. The pair clashed and were both sent off during the decisive Derby della Madonnina, but he assures there is no hatred.

“These are always fiery battles, but that’s normal in a derby. I have no problem with Theo, we both love and therefore defend our club colours. I want to make clear, there is no hatred between us, although I also don’t think we’ll ever go out to dinner together. It’s just sporting rivalry.” He further added.

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Barella discussed growing up with his Inter teammates, why he left superstition aside as he got older and when he knew Italy would win the European Championship. The midfielder scored the winner in Italy’s opening match of EURO 2024, completing the comeback to defeat Albania 2-1. It capped off a remarkable period for the player, who also won the Scudetto and became a father again in the last few weeks.

“It was wonderful to win the Scudetto and we were confident it was done, but doing it in the derby was a plus for us and our fans,” Barella told Futbol Emotion Italia’s YouTube channel. “After the final whistle, I celebrated, but then went to shake hands with all the Milan players, because I too experienced losing a Scudetto, a Champions League Final, a Europa League Final. It felt like the right thing to do.”

Italians are notoriously superstitious, so did he do anything in the build-up to this Serie A title? “I didn’t cut my hair until we were sure, but that was more of a joke with my teammates. Up until 2-3 years ago I would always do the same specific gestures before a match. I did it because I really believed this would help, but now I am much more relaxed and joke around with the other players.”

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Barella started out at his hometown club of Cagliari and moved to Inter in the summer of 2019, recently signing a new contract to June 2029. “I realised my career was taking off when I got a call-up for Italy and was still at Cagliari, so it was only natural I would need to make that separation from my roots. There were many offers before and after that summer.

“But I immediately married the Inter project. It was a little strange at the start being in a new place, but they made me feel important and welcomed me like family. “Now the group of lads at the core of Inter are my friends who I basically grew up with. There is the real potential for boredom in this sport at a training camp, you can train in the morning, rest and then have nothing to do, so we end up chatting for hours.”

Italy are the reigning Champions of Europe, so when did Barella know they were going to succeed in the EURO 2020 tournament? “One of the best memories was our fightback against Austria. We were out of the competition because Marko Arnautovic had scored, but after the game I started telling everyone this was our year.” He further added.

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