Nicolo Barella signs new Inter contract

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Barella is one of his side's most important players
Barella is one of his side's most important players / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Nicolo Barella has signed a new deal at Inter, which will keep him at the club until 2026.

The midfielder has been an instant success since joining the Nerazzurri in 2019 - initially on a loan deal from Cagliari. Since then he has made 102 appearances for the club, helping Inter secure a Scudetto last season.

International accolades have come during his time with the club too. After cementing himself as a starter for Italy, Barella was part of Roberto Mancini's side that won Euro 2020 this summer.

As a reward for his fine performances in a blue-and-black shirt, he has been handed a fresh contract, with Inter confirming the news on Friday.

"FC Internazionale Milano is delighted to announce that Nicolo Barella has signed a contract extension with the club. The 24-year-old midfielder's new deal will run until 30 June 2026," a statement read.

Barella revealed his delight at signing a new deal on his Instagram, posting a photo with the caption: "I am happy to have renewed and to be able to defend these colors again… FORZA INTER."

The news is a significant boost for Inter as the 24-year-old had been linked with a move away from San Siro over the summer. During that same window, the club lost manager Antonio Conte - who has since taken over at Tottenham - as well as star striker Romelu Lukaku, due to financial uncertainty off the field.

Barella seems set to stick around for the foreseeable future, though. He and his teammates can now turn their attention to the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday as Inter look to close the gap on bitter rivals Milan.

The Rossoneri go into the game seven points clear, level with table-topping Napoli after 11 games.

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