Inter Milan has declared that captain Mauro Icardi is not for sale, as reports placed the Argentine striker in Napoli should Gonzalo Higuain leave Naples.
Higuain has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus, with reports saying that they are closing in on a deal. That has sparked rumors that Napoli wants to replace Higuain with Icardi, who finished fourth in the scoring race last season. But Inter has come out and squashed the rumor, saying that Icardi will stay at the club no matter what.
“For sure there have been meetings with Napoli, but we’re not selling [Icardi] to Napoli, and it’s not a question of money,” sporting director Piero Ausilio said.
“There is no agreement. Inter will be keeping Icardi, as well as other players. Our ambition is to reinforce the squad and the club by keeping our top players.
“I’m not interested in what Napoli can offer. Icardi doesn’t have a release clause in his contract and Inter doesn’t want to sell him. It’s as simple as that.”
Icardi was handed the captain’s armband last season as Inter finished in fourth place, securing a spot in the Europa League.
“There are no problems with the player,” Ausilio said. “He’s working well, he’s been with us for years and he’s become the captain of a club with a glorious past.
“We’ve always paid attention to his requests. We renewed his contract at the right time and now is not the right time to renew it again.”