Kondogbia rubbishes talk of Inter exit

The midfielder returned to the Nerazzurri first-team for Sunday’s Milan derby and has moved to dismiss speculation and claims from his agent that he is on his way out of San Siro

Geoffrey Kondogbia remains committed to Inter despite comments from his agent hinting the Nerazzurri are merely a stepping stone in the France international’s career.

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Since his move from Monaco in June 2015, Kondogbia has failed to live up to a hefty €30 million fee, and has struggled this season to break into the first team.

The midfielder was heavily criticised by Inter’s first coach this season, Frank de Boer, who called him out for not listening to instructions, insisting such behaviour was unacceptable.

The 23-year-old made his first Serie A start since September in the Milan derby on Sunday, playing the full 90 minutes as Inter rescued a point late on in a 2-2 draw.

His future at the club came under fresh scrutiny, though, as comments from his representative Jonathan Maarek hinted the player’s future lies away from San Siro.

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Speaking to France Football, he said: “His arrival at Inter was another step towards getting to one of the biggest clubs in the world. That was the plan and still is.”

Goal understands that Chelsea are interested in signing him as early as January, though several Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation.

Kondogbia, however, was quick to insist he remains loyal to Stefano Pioli’s side and only his words should be listened to when it comes to his future.

“The words of my agent? I am the player, so you have to listen to me, not other people,” he said. “I only talk about my future.

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“If you have something to ask, then ask me and listen to my words.”

Kondogbia has played just six games for Inter this season, starting four and is yet to score. He has missed each of their Europa League fixtures, as they sit bottom of Group K, below Hapoel Beer Sheva, Southampton and Sparta Prague.