Napoli make contact over Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan confirm

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Inter Milan’s sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that there has been contact with Napoli over Mauro Icardi, while insisting the forward is going nowhere.

Napoli have made their move for the Argentinian as a potential replacement for Gonzalo Higuain, should his mooted move to Juventus go through. However, Ausilio says the Azzurri would be wasting their time because his club have no intention of even entering into negotiations over the sale of their captain.

“Of course there has been meetings with Napoli, but we’re not giving him to Napoli,” Ausilio said at Milan’s Malpensa airport ahead of his trip to link up with the club on their tour of the USA, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There are no negotiations. Inter are keeping hold of Icardi, like we are keeping hold of other players.

“Our intention is to strengthen the squad and the club gets stronger by keeping its top players. I don’t care what Napoli might be able to offer, Icardi doesn’t have a release clause and Inter don’t want to sell him, it’s as simple as that.”

Mauro Icardi joined Inter Milan from Sampdoria in 2013.

Icardi, 23, was made captain of the Nerazzurri a year ago, underlining his importance to the Serie A club.

His wife and agent Wanda Nara has recently asked for Inter to show how much they value him by improving the terms of his contract, which expires in 2019, but Ausilio says this is not an issue that concerns him or the player.

“He’s working hard and he’s been with us for years, and he became captain of this important team with a glorious past,” Ausilio said. “We’ve always had his interests at heart and we always renewed his contract at the right time, and now is not the right time to renew it again.

“Today we have other priorities, on the field. Further down the line, when there is no longer all this media attention, we will talk about it.”

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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