As much as disappointed I am, if I’m being objective and put my emotions aside, i totally understand his move.
I mean, imagine you are Skriniar. Football is your profession.
You are in a Club, that financially is in free falling the last couple of years, and the future seems to be even worse.
You know that nobody gives a fuck about you on a human level. You are just an asset for them, that they WILL cash on you when the times comes. As they did with Lukaku, Hakimi, Perisić contract, Brozovic contract and your own contract. Basically you know that by putting a pen on a new contract means that you only make Them a favour so they can later cash in on you, and at the same time reduce your negotiation leverage with the potential new club. (Signing bonus, bigger salary, etc.)
On a sporting side, you see that the Team doesn’t have the ambition that matches yours, and even if you are not the first one to go, you know that every transfer window one of your best teamates will leave.
So basically you have a 2 Options:
1. Make the team favour by damaging your potential finances, even tough you don’t own that team anything. On the contrary, you left your soul on the pitch for that team.
2. Look after your future, and choose the option that is the best for you not only financially but also professionally.
Only a Hypocrite, or someone that is too afraid to get out of their comfort zone will choose option 1. Let’s be honest.
I can work in a store, have the best costumers, greatest colleagues and so on, But if my boss and the management is shit, and makes me feel that i am replaceable (which i know i am), i won’t give a flying fuck, and will take the first better option that i will have. If i don’t feel protected, why should i protect them?
The only thing that i think Skriniar should’ve done different was to keep his mouth shut untill the end of the season, his agent also…post a Thank you letter to the fans, at the end and say goodbye. That’s it.