Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
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Mauro ICARDI loses Inter captaincy as Samir HANDANOVIC named new captain

Mauro ICARDI loses Inter captaincy as Samir HANDANOVIC named new captain

Luciano Spalletti made the decision to strip Icardi of the captaincy after protracted talks over a contract extension.

Icardi has become crucial to the Nerazzurri since joining from Sampdoria in 2013, scoring 122 goals in 210 outings while lifting the Capocanniere award for Serie A's most prolific scorer on two occasions.

This will only fuel speculations about ICARDI's exit from the club especially since he has yet to renew his contract.

The Daily Mail report that Icardi has refused to travel with his Inter teammates to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League in wake of Inter's decision.

'He was called up for Vienna but he did not want to be there. Now we have to focus all our attention on Thursday's game'. "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".

'Things around him have disturbed him and the team he captained. Chelsea will never have a better chance to sign him than we do now. "We hope that the players react properly".

Icardi, who has eight caps for Argentina, scored 122 goals in 208 appearances for Inter, who are now third in Serie A, 20 points behind leaders Juventus.

Wanda has previously explained that her husband remains committed to Inter but was not in any rush to extend his stay in Milan.

"There has been a lot of nonsense said about Mauro, for example a supposed fine that did not exist", she said in recent comments to reporters.

"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". "I can not understand if these bad things come from outside or within".

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