Robin Gosens has revealed he rejected a move to Bayer Leverkusen as he is determined to establish himself at Inter.
Injury woes have meant Gosens has made only three starts since joining the Nerazzurri from Serie A rivals Atalanta in January.
Leverkusen wanted to sign the wing-back before the transfer window closed at the start of this month, but he was not interested in leaving San Siro.
Following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the Germany international is relishing the challenge of making his mark at Inter when he returns from Nations League duty.
Gosens told Sport1: “I have put a year of suffering behind me and I am naturally happy to be here again. This call-up [to the Germany squad] I see as a reward for hard work.
“But the ticket to the World Cup in Qatar is definitely not in my hands yet. I am ready to fight back again.
“I am not yet in that state of form in which I was in Bergamo when my performances were so good. I’m close to it, but I know at the same time that there is still a lot to work on.”
He added of a potential move to his homeland: “I spoke on the phone with Simon Rolfes [Leverkusen director of sport] and we had a sincere and open exchange.
“I told him that I have not finished at Inter yet and that I would like to fight.
“I feel very good now at Inter. I’m super-motivated and happy with the tasks that await me. But I’m only satisfied when I’m on the pitch, this is a goal that I have with myself.
“I play in a top world club and I am happy at Inter. My goal is to establish myself in this great club. Now I have to play three, four, five consecutive matches.”
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