Inter Milan to continue talks with Icardi

Mauro Icardi will still be offered a new Inter contract despite being replaced as the club’s captain due to his behaviour, according to chief executive Beppe Marotta.

Icardi, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, was stripped of the captaincy this week with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic installed as his replacement.

“It was not a disciplinary matter against the lad,” Marotta said to Sky Sport Italia. “But rather a change that we considered better for the team, club and Icardi himself.

“It was not degrading for him, but sometimes these changes have to be made. Icardi is only 25 years old, let’s not forget, it’s unfair to expect too much from him. We wanted to keep the culture of victory and winning mentality, to cultivate it.

“I told Wanda, as the player’s representative, that we will send a [contract] proposal over the next few weeks. There are some issues to be dealt with first and we must evaluate some figures. The contract has nothing to do with it.”

There has been speculation over the severity of Icardi’s apparent injury but Marotta says Inter have no reason to doubt the striker’s honesty over the issue.

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