Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan set for ‘divorce in the summer’
Mauro Icardi’s Inter Milan future appears to be at an impasse amid claims he has refused to play for the club again unless he receives an apology for being stripped of the captaincy.
Icardi was replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as captain in the week and left out of the squad that won 1-0 at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday.
He is set to miss Inter’s Serie A clash against Sampdoria on Sunday, with reports that the unrest was sparked by a snag in contract talks. Corriere dello Sport report on Sunday that Icardi and Inter are set ‘to divorce’ in the summer.
Corriere dello Sport says Mauro Icardi and Inter MIlan are set to part ways this summer
Icardi has been stripped of the captaincy by Inter Milan amid his contract issues
They add that he feels degraded for losing the captaincy.
Spanish publication Marca on Saturday linked Icardi with a summer switch to Real Madrid but his wife and agent Wanda Icardi dismissed the possibility as ‘false’ on Twitter – but then deleted the post.
She has since retweeted a large number of Inter fans wanting Icardi to stay at the San Siro.
Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti described the decision to take the armband off Icardi as ‘painful’ prior to facing Vienna.
Spalletti said: ‘The decision to remove the captaincy from Icardi was difficult and painful, absolutely shared by all the club members and taken for the good of Inter.
‘He was called up for Vienna but he did not want to be there.
‘Things around him have disturbed him and the team he captained. Now we have to focus all our attention on Thursday’s game.’
Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda, has dismissed reports of the striker joining Real Madrid
The decision to remove the armband from Icardi was announced on Wednesday afternoon
It comes amid difficult contract renewal talks with the Argentine.
Manager Spalletti had suggested Icardi’s displays were being hit by the contract issues at the weekend: ‘Mauro is evidently seeing his performance affected by some situations that have been going on recently.
‘He needs to free himself from the talk that is around him. The directors agreed to start talking about the contract, so now they need to go there and conclude it.’
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