Icardi signs big In­ter re­newal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

IN­TER HAVE of­fi­cially an­nounced that Mauro Icardi has ex­tended his con­tract un­til June 2021.

The striker’s new deal had been known about for some time, with his wife and agent, Wanda, con­firm­ing yes­ter­day that there is a EU110m re­lease clause in the deal.

“FC In­ter­nazionale is de­lighted to an­nounce that an agree­ment has been reached to ex­tend Mauro Icardi’s con­tract un­til 30 June, 2021,” the Ner­az­zurri con­firmed on their of­fi­cial web­site.

“The Ar­gentina striker, born in Rosario on 19 Fe­bru­ary 1993, joined In­ter from Sam­p­do­ria in the 2013-14 sea­son.

“Since then, he has scored 58 goals in 114 games, giv­ing him one of the high­est goals per game ra­tios in Ner­az­zurri his­tory.

“And there’s a whole lot more still to come ... . ”

The striker, who was sought af­ter by sev­eral other top clubs in Eng­land, Italy and Spain be­fore his ex­ten­sion, in­sists that he never thought of leav­ing.

“Was I close to leav­ing this sum­mer?” Icardi con­sid­ered. “No, I never thought about it. I was calm, I was happy, I was giv­ing my all in training to start the sea­son well. Now I want to con­tinue like this and help the team win.

“I’m still young, and I can’t prom­ise I’ll stay here for 20 years, but it would be an ob­jec­tive.

“I’m the cap­tain, and I’m al­ways tied to this team. It’s an hon­our and a plea­sure for me to com­mit to this club for a long time.”

Icardi, who tops Serie A with 6 goals in seven games along with Gon­zalo Higuain (Ju­ven­tus) and Car­los Bacca (AC Mi­lan), was also asked about his re­la­tion­ship with coach Frank de Boer.

“The re­la­tion­ship with the coach is very good; we’ve talked a lot about how to im­prove and that’s the start­ing point to build a great team.

“I think he’s a great coach; you’ve seen how he’s changed our style. We’re do­ing things that will help us get bet­ter.

“The coach has a phi­los­o­phy. He’s just ar­rived, but we’re tak­ing it on board. We have great play­ers. If we get them training and on the pitch, then we’ll do great things.

“In­ter, like last year, want to re­turn to the Cham­pi­ons League.

“There are plenty of strik­ers bet­ter than me, but I’m happy with what I do for In­ter. For a striker, it’s goals that count, and I’m happy to get them.”

MAURO ICARDI

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