The Nerazzurri had agreed to sign the 21-year-old from the Bianconeri in a deal worth around €15m plus youngster Giovanni Fabbian, and he even underwent his medicals in Milan, before things collapsed at the final hurdle.
It was widely reported that Samardzic’s transfer to Inter fell through due to last minute changes from the player’s entourage, seemingly trying to force through a better contract than the one previously agreed.
Speaking in Sport Week via Calciomercato.com, Samardzic vaguely explained what happened when his move to Inter collapsed.
“It was never a question of money. I know what happened, but it’s over now and I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
“I’m someone who thinks positively, Udinese are a strong team, an organized club, if I stay another year it’s perfect for me.
“I want to have a great season here, then we’ll see. I didn’t speak to my father, there was no need because I already knew perfectly well how things had gone.”
He confirmed that he hadn’t spoken to Nerazzurri coach Simone Inzaghi.
“I’ve never spoken with Inzaghi, however when I returned to Udine Mister Sottil told me: ‘I thought that by now I would only see you on television, with the Inter shirt, and instead you’re here. I’m happy.’”
Finally, Samardzic underlined his readiness to make the jump to a top club.
“I’m ready for a top club. I’m 21 years old, in two years at most I’ll be even more ready, in the head and in the body. On the pitch, I have to improve in attacking spaces.”
Samardzic is contracted to Udinese until June 2026 and could look for a move away next summer. This season, he has scored two goals in six games for the Friulian side.