Manchester United target extends contract with his club

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The 28-year-old winger, who came through the academy and youth set-up at Hajduk Split, has signed a new five-year contract with Inter Milan – that will run until 2022.

His contract renewal further affirms his commitment to the Serie A club despite links with a move to Manchester United during the summer.

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Croatia winger Perisic, who joined Inter from Wolfsburg in 2015, already had a contract through to 2020.

According to Gazzette dello Sport (h/t The Sun’s Jake Lambourne), the deal includes a clause preventing him from joining the Premier League outfit after they spent the summer unsuccessfully pursuing him.

Speaking to Inter’s official website, Perisic said: “It’s a special day for me, an emotional and happy one after the stress of the summer. Now we are all looking forward and I’m only thinking about Inter.

“For a long time I kept my counsel, and now I can say that [head coach Luciano] Spalletti told me that I could be an even better version of myself here.

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“We’ve done well in the first two matches of the season and we need to continue that way.”

The Croatian contributed 11 goals and 12 assists last year, and he has made an electric start to this year’s campaign by scoring once and assisting three times in Inter’s first two matches of the season.

Keeping hold of Perisic was one of Spalletti’s priorities when he arrived from Roma and, despite admitting he did expect a few more signings this summer, he says he is “100 percent satisfied” with the squad he has at his disposal.