Man United and Liverpool target happy at Inter

Mateo Kovacic has been linked to a number of Premier League teams. Photo: PA

Mateo Kovacic has brushed aside speculation linking him with a move to England this summer, with the Croatian midfielder keen to remain at Inter Milan.

The 19-year-old is a reported target of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal but is tied to the Italian outfit for a further five years.

"I am happy because I arrived to Inter, a great club," Kovacic said on the club's official website, www.inter.it. "I'm still adapting, I am young and I have to improve so much.

"But I want to become a leader at Inter."

The Croatia international joined the Nerazzurri from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2013 in a reported 15million euros transfer fee.

"I like it here," Kovacic said. "Italian football is very difficult, there's not a lot of space like in England or Spain but you learn different things such as how to defend and tactics, which are very important."

Kovacic missed Inter's pre-season through minor injuries and although he has made 27 league appearances for the Nerazzurri this campaign, he has only started nine times.

"This is a process," Kovacic said. "I've spoken to more experienced players and they told me it's normal.

"It's normal I was angry when I wasn't playing, that's normal for any player who's out of the team but it was positive anger."

Kovacic has yet to score his first Serie A goal and he is hoping to do that before the end of the season.

Inter are fifth in the standings and hold the last Europa League qualifying spot with five league games remaining.

"It's true that I've not scored yet but I've got time on my side," he said. "I think I just need to be a bit craftier.

"I see my team-mates but I still don't see enough goalscoring positions, but I talk to the coach and experienced players to improve on that.

"Right now I'm working on everything, including when we're defending and where to be on the pitch when the ball's on the right and left."