Argentine star snubs Real Madrid move to agree with Inter deal

Real Madrid have reportedly missed out on the signing of Mauro Icardi as the striker has agreed to extend his contract with Inter Milan.

Los Blancos are believed to have recently revived their interest in the 25-year-old, who has netted 13 goals in 19 matches this season.

Icardi recently suggested that he will not quit Inter until he has won a major trophy with the Italian club, however, and Sport suggests that fresh terms have now been agreed to keep him at San Siro until 2023.

The Argentina international, also rumoured to be on the radar of Inter’s Serie A rivals Juventus, was previously due to be out of contract in 2021.

Meanwhile, Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti assures Mauro Icardi “is very happy” and will sign a new contract to stay at the club.

“Mauro is very happy at Inter and we’re very happy with him,” Zanetti told Tuttomercatoweb. “The renewal will come at the most opportune time, we’re all waiting for it. He’s important for us on and off the pitch, he’s our captain and our reference point.”

Zanetti was also quizzed about Coach Luciano Spalletti, who has come under pressure in recent weeks.

“We don’t evaluate his work with by a defeat or a win, he’s a very good Coach, a great professional who puts all his passion on the pitch. We need to analyse as we go, we’re happy with him even if we’ll make our assessments at the end of the season. He needs to work calmly, we want to face every competition as protagonists.”

Inter signed Icardi from Sampdoria five years ago and he has gone on to score 120 goals in 201 appearances for the Nerazzurri.