The midfielder joined the club from Dinamo Zagreb in January but the Nerazzurri find themselves struggling in mid-table in Serie A
Croatia defender Darijo Srna has told compatriot Mateo Kovacic he must leave Inter or risk hampering his progress.
The 20-year-old joined the Nerazzurri from Dinamo Zagreb in January, but though he has made 11 appearances in Serie A this season, the club continue to struggle and sit ninth in the table.
That has led to questions over the future of Inter boss Walter Mazzarri and Srna believes his Croatia team-mate should cut his losses and join a club with better immediate prospects.
“Mateo is one of the best young players in Serie A, but, if he wants to progress, he must go to another club. Inter are far from their glory days,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
Srna is one of several experienced players who have been left out of Croatia’s squad for their friendly with Argentina at Upton Park on Wednesday, along with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Dejan Lovren and Luka Modric.
But the Shakhtar Donetsk right-back has backed the decision of coach Niko Kovac and feels it will provide the country’s younger players with invaluable experience at international level.
“We have the opportunity to change future of Croatian football tomorrow against Argentina. I think that coach Niko Kovac made the right decision, it’s better to rest some of us, older players. Young players will replace us some day and this game they will remember all their life.”