Chelsea have been long-term admirers of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi and recent developments at Inter Milan could see the striker join the Blues in the summer.
Icardi’s future as an Inter Milan player is now in doubt after he refused to travel with the Serie A club on their trip to Rapid Vienna after being stripped of the club captaincy.
Inter announced via Twitter that goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was replacing the 25-year-old striker as club captain and Icardi’s name was missing when Inter Milan’s squad list for the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna was announced later.
Upon arrival in Austria, Inter Milan head coach Luciano Spalletti explained why the striker failed to make the squad for the game against Rapid Vienna.
“The decision to take the captain’s armband off Icardi was difficult and painful because we know all about his value,” Spalletti said at a news conference. “It is a very hard decision to take, but it is one that everybody within the club shared, and one which was taken exclusively for the good of Inter.
“Mauro was called up for Vienna, but he didn’t want to come. After lunch, he informed the club that he didn’t feel like coming with us. Obviously he was disappointed, but there are things going on which are disturbing him and the team.”
The decision to scrap Icardi of the captaincy at Inter Milan comes only days after his wife and agent Wanda Nara accused Inter Milan players of not giving Icardi enough support after the striker’s run of eight games without finding the back of the net.
“There are clearly things going on around Icardi which need to be sorted out,” Spalletti added. “His reaction today is just further proof of that. These things embarrass the team that he was captain of.
“There will be time to clear things up in the coming days, but as far as I am concerned, this is all I have to say on Mauro.”
Icardi joined Inter from Sampdoria for €13 million in 2013 and has a release clause of €110-million release clause in his current contract, valid only for bids from clubs outside of Italy. Inter Milan might be happy to receive less than his release clause following his recent attitude.
While Icardi would improve the quality at Chelsea, I still believe signing a player with such attitude is a big risk for the club. Refusing to play for your club isn’t an attitude expected from a top professional and that could ruin dressing unity.
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