Mauro ICARDI loses Inter captaincy as Samir HANDANOVIC named new captain

14 Февраля, 2019, 12:59 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta told Icardi of the decision

Mauro Icardi has been stripped of the Inter Milan captaincy in favour of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, the Italian club announced on Wednesday.

"The decision to remove the captain's armband from Icardi was hard and painful, because we all know what he is worth to the team", Spalletti told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

Despite remaining under contract at the club until 2021, Icardi's future has been the subject of a huge amount of speculation this season - with his wife and agent Wanda Nara notoriously unpredictable in her dealings with the club.

'He was called up for Vienna but he did not want to be there.

Having scored three times in his last ten appearances for the club, his manager Luciano Spaletti suggested at the weekend that his contract talks are having an impact on his performances. Real Madrid are also regularly touted as potential suitors for the Argentine, and this latest development will only fuel the talk of an imminent departure from the San Siro.

Along with this development, reports in Italy claim Icardi will also play no part in Inter's Europa League game with Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

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Spalletti had after the game demanded a swift conclusion to the contract negotiations.

Icardi joined Inter in 2013 from Sampdoria, while Handanovic, 34, arrived in 2012 from Udinese.

"I have not created any problems for Icardi", Spalletti told DAZN.

"The directors agreed to start talking about the contract, so now they need to go there and conclude it".

The situation became more unclear when Nara, speaking on the Tiki Taka show, said: "I would like Mauro to be more protected by the club because sometimes some bad things come from inside".

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