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  • 'The problem is that I’m always seen as ...

    Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara has delivered an insight into talks regarding a new contract for the Inter captain and is adamant an agreement will be reached. Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for the Argentina international, who has scored 14 go...

    'The problem is that I’m always seen as the idiot' - Nara insists Icardi will sign new Inter contract

    Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara has delivered an insight into talks regarding a new contract for the Inter captain and is adamant an agreement will be reached. Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with moves for the Argentina international, who has scored 14 goals in 24 appearances for the San Siro club this season. Icardi's current deal expires in 2021 but in an attempt to ward off interest from afar, both parties are keen to extend the agreement. Chief-executive Giuseppe Marotta is unconcerned by the delay to the 25-year-old signing fresh terms and his representative is similarly confident a deal will be achieved. Speaking after the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo, Nara told Italian TV show Tiki Taka: “Mauro isolated on Saturday? Yes, it can happen but it’s said that he’s always the culprit. “He’s there, he’s used to it, he’s the captain. Games like these happen, but the rumours about his renewal haven’t destabilised him. “A champion like him doesn’t feel any pressure. He can be very cold and these things don’t bother him. “Neither Mauro nor I have ever asked for anything, The problem is that I’m always seen as the idiot. “When the club decide it’s the right moment to call us, we’ll answer and sit down with them. “There’s a real possibility of him staying at Inter for a long time.  "An agreement soon? I’ve received positive signals, so I hope it can be an important week: my phone is on and for me he’ll renew 100 per cent, even if I haven’t talked to anyone yet. “I don’t like hearing people say Inter’s dressing room depends on Mauro’s renewal because it’s the same as saying Inter are a weak club and that’s not true at all." Icardi has not appeared to have been distracted by speculation over his future or the delay to him signing a new contract. Luciano Spalletti's side are third in Serie A, eight points ahead of fifth place Lazio in the race for Champions League qualification. Their attempts to end the campaign with a piece of silverware will resume when they face the Rome club in the Coppa Italia quarter-final and then Rapid Wien in the Europa League last-32.

  • Marotta has 'no doubts' over new Inter d...

    Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted the club have "no doubts" Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract, while he said Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin wants to join.  Despite being contracted until 2021, Inter captain and striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from the...

    Marotta has 'no doubts' over new Inter deal for Icardi

    Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted the club have "no doubts" Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract, while he said Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin wants to join.  Despite being contracted until 2021, Inter captain and striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side.  Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara said the Argentina international will renew , having previously claimed the 25-year-old was nowhere near extending his contract amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.  Speaking prior to Saturday's goalless draw at home to Sassuolo, Marotta said Icardi is close to re-signing.  "We have no doubts that Mauro Icardi will remain here, as we are happy with him and vice versa," Marotta told DAZN. "The only remaining issue is when to put pen to paper on the contracts."  Inter, meanwhile, have been tipped to sign Atletico and Uruguay centre-back Godin as a free agent.  Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the 32-year-old is reportedly set to join Inter, with Atleti boss Diego Simeone admitting that he could leave.   "Both Atleti and the player are seeking the best solution for all parties,"  Simeone told reporters earlier this month .   "The club and Godin know what I think about this.  "If he does remain with us, it'll be because it's best for him and the club."  Asked about Godin, Marotta said: "I have to underline that Inter have a very strong appeal, as many players are looking for us and agents knock on our door. This is flattering, as it means we represent a reference point in the world of football." Inter sit third in the league table, four points back of Napoli, though that lead could be extended on Sunday when Carlo Ancelotti's men host Lazio.   Both sides are well back of league leaders Juventus, who remain unbeaten on the season and are nine points in front of Napoli.   Inter return to league action next Sunday with a clash against mid-table Torino with a Coppa Italia quarter-final to follow to close out the month. 

  • Inter 0 Sassuolo 0: Spalletti's side lab...

    Inter rode their luck on the way to an underwhelming 0-0 home draw against Sassuolo in their first Serie A outing of 2019. Roberto De Zerbi's men created the best of the opportunities and will count themselves unfortunate not to have snapped what is now a five-match winless stre...

    Inter 0 Sassuolo 0: Spalletti's side labour at sparse San Siro

    Inter rode their luck on the way to an underwhelming 0-0 home draw against Sassuolo in their first Serie A outing of 2019. Roberto De Zerbi's men created the best of the opportunities and will count themselves unfortunate not to have snapped what is now a five-match winless streak in all competitions. San Siro was closed to all but 11,000 local children as Inter began a two-match stadium closure following the alleged racial abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly last month, although there was no lack of intensity in an entertaining contest. Matteo Politano and Kevin Prince-Boateng both went close to a winner either side of half-time but, unable to find a way past a team that conceded nine times in their final two league fixtures of last year, the Nerazzurri can have few complaints over a result that leaves them four points behind second-placed Napoli, who host Lazio on Sunday. Inter had lost seven of their last eight Serie A meetings with Sassuolo and found themselves on the back foot during the opening 25 minutes. Manuel Locatelli burst through midfield and fired one shot wide while Boateng and Domenico Berardi both tested Samir Handanovic. The impressive Politano helped turn the tide by posing problems at the other end and, from Ivan Perisic's cross, forced Andrea Consigli into a sharp close-range save on the half-hour mark. The end-to-end action continued after the interval as Boateng rose unchallenged to meet Locatelli's left-sided cross, but his header was straight at Handanovic. Inter's grip on a point looked tenuous until the end and they were indebted to veteran goalkeeper Handanovic and centre-back Milan Skriniar for blocking close-range efforts from Jeremie Boga and Mehdi Bourabia amid a scramble in the box late in proceedings. What does it mean? Calm needed over Icardi contract talks Inter officials are confident that the protracted negotiations surrounding Mauro Icardi's contract extension will soon be resolved and it certainly seems a case of the sooner the better for a variety of reasons. In addition to warding off overseas interest, a conclusion to the ongoing discussions would surely aid Icardi in delivering more influential performances than the rather anonymous showing he served up on Saturday. Locatelli flourishes on return to Milan AC Milan may regret their decision to allow Locatelli to leave for Sassuolo on the strength of his showing back at San Siro. The on-loan midfielder, who is obliged to join the Neroverdi on a permanent basis at the end of the season, covered plenty of ground and was at the heart of his side's best attacking moves. De Vrij under par Spalletti spoke highly of Stefan de Vrij in the lead-up to this match. He may be more reserved ahead of the next one. Netherlands international De Vrij, though undoubtedly a player of high quality, often seemed lost in ill-advised attempts to shackle Sassuolo's attackers, not knowing exactly which player to mark and when. Key Opta Facts - This is the first draw in Serie A between Inter and Sassuolo. - Inter have scored only one goal in their last four meetings vs Sassuolo in Serie A. - Inter have kept a clean sheet against Sassuolo after conceding at least one goal in all their previous four encounters vs them in the top flight. - Inter have conceded only two goals during the first halves in Serie A this season: a record among the top five European Leagues 2018-19.   What's next? Inter are back in action away to mid-table Torino next Sunday while Sassuolo have a day fewer to prepare for Cagliari's visit.

  • Icardi set to renew Inter contract amid ...

    Inter captain Mauro Icardi is set to ignore interest from Real Madrid and sign a fresh deal at San Siro, according to his agent and wife Wanda Nara. Icardi, 25, has been one of Inter's few consistently excellent performers in recent seasons as the Milan giants have struggled to ...

    Icardi set to renew Inter contract amid Madrid interest

    Inter captain Mauro Icardi is set to ignore interest from Real Madrid and sign a fresh deal at San Siro, according to his agent and wife Wanda Nara. Icardi, 25, has been one of Inter's few consistently excellent performers in recent seasons as the Milan giants have struggled to keep up with the likes of rivals Juventus, Napoli and Roma in domestic and European competition. The Argentine, however, has seen his name linked with an exit on more than one occasion over the past few seasons, with Madrid often named as suitors. Speculation reached a head this season due to reports of meetings between the player, who attended the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid's Bernabeu home, and Merengue authorities as he stalled on Inter efforts to extend his contract. But Wanda has now revealed that Icardi will soon be putting pen to paper on a new deal. "[His contract] will be renewed, it will be renewed," she signalled to Striscia la Notizia in an interview on Friday. The former model also spoke out on the relationship between her husband/client and Inter supremo Guiseppe Marotta. Certain reports had suggested that Marotta had grown tired of both Icardi's stalling and comments made by Nara in the press, leading to a deterioration in relations. But Nara herself painted a picture of harmony at San Siro. "Does Marotta love Icardi? Of course he does. There is no distance between them," she added. Icardi signed for Inter from Sampdoria in 2013, having shined as a youngster at the Genovese side after failing to progress from Barcelona's youth system to the first team. The Rosario native has gone on to score 121 goals in 205 games for the Nerazzurri in all competitions, and has clinched the Capocannoniere award for Serie A's top scorer on two separate occasions - although he is still waiting for his first title with Inter.  

  • Transfer talk no distraction for Inter, ...

    Luciano Spalletti is adamant speculation surrounding the future of key players will not distract Inter during the second half of the season. Inter are ensconced in third ahead of their first Serie A match of 2019 at home to Sassuolo on Saturday. The January transfer market is y...

    Transfer talk no distraction for Inter, says Spalletti

    Luciano Spalletti is adamant speculation surrounding the future of key players will not distract Inter during the second half of the season. Inter are ensconced in third ahead of their first Serie A match of 2019 at home to Sassuolo on Saturday. The January transfer market is yet to see any new arrivals at San Siro with new contracts for in-demand pair Mauro Icardi and Milan Skriniar seemingly top of the club's agenda. Spalletti denied the protracted negotiations had a disruptive effect on his squad, but took time to praise long-serving defender Andrea Ranocchia - whose deal expires at the end of the campaign - for a recent Twitter post affirming the "honour" of playing for Inter. "There's absolutely no confusion within our club," Spalletti told a news conference. "We're right in the middle of the transfer window so we accept all of the names and speculation that comes our way, as it always does. "On social media, those at Inter must be aware that messages are open and are read by everyone. "In this regard, Ranocchia's message during the week was wonderful. He demonstrated that he cares for the good of Inter more than himself." Spalletti confirmed Radja Nainggolan is being closely monitored ahead of the Sassuolo match as he weighs up whether to hand the midfielder a first start since in almost a month. The 30-year-old has battled injury problems since arriving from Roma and was suspended for disciplinary reasons in December. "He's getting back to his best in terms of fitness," the Inter boss said of Nainggolan. "For him to make the difference he needs to be at his best physically. He's sorry that he wasn't at his best during this recent period, but he's now returning to what we all expect him to be and he'll demonstrate this from now until the end of the season."

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