I have been reading through the pages in this thread for weeks.
I do not have any hard feelings towards Skriniar but then I have largely disengaged from following the team and every game they play.
We should not be surprised about any of this. Skriniar's departure has been on the cards for a long time now. The fact that it has dragged on so long and there has been nothing but radio silence from him shows where his intentions truly lie.
In a way, his pending departure and the way supporters have been waiting for a sign from him to indicate otherwise reminds me of when someone is dying: family and friends just hang in there waiting for a word (in our case the supporters) and things remain unchanged with the patient (in this case Skriniar). None of this is life and death but Skriniar's departure will be the death of his Inter career so maybe there are some similarities.
Let's be honest, once PSG entered the frey and signalled their intent, his time with us was essentially over because there was absolutely no way we could financially compete with them. Of course, our management have alot to answer for in terms of the way he has been shopped over the years, the timing of when they commenced negotiations and how much they offered. But the way i see it, Skriniar going to PSG is a symptom of a well and truly broken transfer system that is uneven and favours a small handful of clubs. The money being splashed by the likes of PSG, Manchester City, Chelsea, and to some extent Manchester United simply highlights the disparities between the money clubs (named above) and those vying for the crumbs like Inter.
To the posters that have said no one is bigger than Inter, all I have to say is that cliched sentiment is easy to type and say but it is bullshit. Yes, no player is bigger than the club but let's not pretend that this is the Inter we all know and grew up with. The Inter I grew up with in the early 90s were giants in Italian football. The club had a history of which we all could feel proud. We had an owner in Moratti who was unique and special and huge signings were very much a part of our repetoire.
The Inter we follow today is an empty shell of the above. The owners do not have a passion for the club. Inter does not course through their veins and they are not black and blue, regardless of how many photographs Steven Zhang takes with the Super Coppa. Our owners are number counters. The club is a little hobby for a Chinese rich boy. The vision for the club stretches between transfer windows and I would go as far as saying that probably excludes winter transfer windows because we have not been linked to any winter reinforcements this season. For me, that is a dire indication of the state affairs at the club. There is no talk about incoming players, only those who are departing.
Saying that no player is bigger than the club means 5/8s of fuck all because this Inter is not my Inter and a Super Coppa victory is scant comfort when you look at the bigger picture and see the direction in which the Zhangs are taking our once proud club.
If you consider Skriniar's departure with the above in mind, it is no surprise that he is leaving. In fact, I would say that it would have been miraculous if he had stayed. I am grateful for his contribution but it does not go any further than that and I feel that is a reflection of how his career will go when he leaves for PSG. He will just be there to make up the numbers and Inter as a club will continue to scavenge for crumbs.
The only other thought that I would like to add is in relation to Inter Legends. The likes of Javier Zanetti are really rare in this world and even more so in football today. As supporters, we are always on the look out for that kind of character and footballer. It allows us to dream and believe that there is more to football than money and that a club (Inter), its colours, its supporters and being black and blue mean more than money and a contract.
We need to reconcile ourselves with the fact that Javier Zanetti was generational. His love the club and loyalty were unrivaled and a player and charcater of his ilk will unlikely be seen again. And that is what makes him so special, why he is still in our hearts and why supporters still sing about him today. Milan Skriniar is not an Inter Legend, nor is he a mercenary but attempting to cast him in the light of our Captain was only going to end in disappointment.