Maurco Icardi happy at Inter, despite Juventus, Napoli interest – agent

The ESPN FC panel discuss Mauro Icardi’s request for a new Inter Milan deal and if he does enough to warrant a pay increase.

Juventus and Napoli have both made enquiries about Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, whose wife and agent insists she is working on a solution to keep him at the Nerazzurri.

Wanda Nara has been fuelling speculation that her husband Icardi could leave Inter this summer, saying his current salary is a poor reflection of how much they value him..

Inter, for their part, have shrugged off Nara’s claims and said they have no intention of selling the Argentinian, but she told Telelombardia on Tuesday evening that a move away from Inter is still an option, and that there is not a lack of suitors, but at the same time she would prefer him to stay at Inter, albeit on better terms.

“The biggest mess a transfer would cause would be for me, having to move four kids from one city to another and to a new school,” Nara said. “I’m the first person who wants to stay here — we’re all Inter fans in our family and we’re trying to reach an agreement with Inter.

“Certainly it happens that some other clubs call, but Mauro loves Inter and he’s not interested in money, just the shirt. To this day, we had their word that as soon as more money arrived, his contract would be amended. I’m trying to find a solution to stay at Milan, in fact I would like to extend his current contract.

“There were three clubs interested in Icardi and now there are four. One was Juventus in the past, now there’s Napoli. There are currently two Italian clubs interested and not Atletico Madrid. We’ve turned down many clubs for the love of this shirt. I prefer to be honest when I talk on Twitter, to the radio or on TV, that’s just the way I am. For me, a word is a word and the club need to respect it.”

Icardi moved to Inter in 2013 and he has been their top goal scorer in each of his two seasons with the Nerazzurri, finishing joint-capocannoniere (top scorer) of Serie A together with Luca Toni with 22 goals in 2014/15.

He was made club captain by Roberto Mancini last season and Nara says Icardi “trusts in Mancini” and in what the club will do on the transfer market this summer to make them stronger for the coming season.

“He wants to stay here and win with an Inter shirt,” Nara said.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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