Inter Milan removed Mauro Icardi as the side’s captain earlier this month, and according to reports, Juventus are the reason.
The situation regarding Mauro Icardi is growing complex by the day.
Inter Milan removed the 25-year-old forward from captaincy earlier this month after talks over a new contract with Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara seemingly broke down.
Following the decision, Icardi refused to travel with the club to Austria for Inter’s Europa League game, which drew significant criticism for the player from the club’s fans.
Inter Milan’s manager, Luciano Spalletti also stated that the player was called up for the game.
“Icardi was called up, and has decided not to travel to Vienna,” Spalletti said ahead of the game.
And according to Italian journalist Valeri Di Maggio (via calciomercato), the club stripped Icardi off the captaincy because he has an agreement with Juventus.
Luciano Spalletti has confirmed Mauro Icardi will miss Inter’s game against Sampdoria tomorrow due to injury pic.twitter.com/LQEzXpDIdI
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 16, 2019
🎙In a meeting with Inter executives yesterday, Icardi expressed his love for the club; explaining that he always tried to do his best for the good of the club – and how shocked and perhaps saddened he was at having the captain’s armband taken away from him. [Mediaset] pic.twitter.com/AquTUiiqxK
— Maurizio Ⓜ️ (@CFCNewsReport) February 16, 2019
I think Inter know Icardi has already an agreement with Juventus,” he said.
“Inter are a big club and Marotta is a top director. Remove his captaincy is a big decision and I insist that, for me, Icardi has already reached an agreement with Juventus.”
If Juventus indeed secures the signing of Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan, it would be a huge statement of intent for the Turin-based side.
Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning of the season and are at the top of the table, nine points ahead of the second-placed Napoli.
Real Madrid’s management believe that they can’t sign Inter’s Icardi but it’s not his fault, it’s the fault of his wife turned agent, Wanda Nara. She has publicly criticized Inter’s transfer policy, their players and caused her husband to be stripped from captaincy. [marca] pic.twitter.com/BhNmx05piw
— SB (@Realmadridplace) February 16, 2019
Icardi linked to Juventus.
Great player. But at this stage priority is with a midfielder and signing a couple young defenders in my opinion.
After that then maybe a striker perhaps for 2020.
— Ash 🤙🏻⚽ (@juve93cule) February 15, 2019
Max Allegri on #Juventus interest in #FCIM outcast Mauro Icardi. “Icardi is a centre-forward who scores goals. He is young, has a long road ahead of him, but I always say in order to really evaluate a player, you need to train him.” https://t.co/fxDP207ni7 pic.twitter.com/3ZBLfzoVAR
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) February 15, 2019
Mauro Icardi is ruled out of the game against Sampdoria due to injury. Earlier, it was reported that he was deliberately kept out to avoid unnecessary tensions. The fan sentiments are fairly against the former club captain at the moment.
It was also reported earlier that Real Madrid had pulled out of their attempts to sign Mauro Icardi because of his agent, Wanda Nara.