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  • Madrid target Icardi could stay at Inter...

    Luciano Spalletti is hopeful Mauro Icardi will never leave Inter, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. Icardi has been in sparkling form again this season, scoring 13 goals in as many Serie A games as the Nerazzurri lie second in Serie A heading into Saturday's away clash...

    Madrid target Icardi could stay at Inter forever, says Spalletti

    Luciano Spalletti is hopeful Mauro Icardi will never leave Inter, despite reported interest from Real Madrid. Icardi has been in sparkling form again this season, scoring 13 goals in as many Serie A games as the Nerazzurri lie second in Serie A heading into Saturday's away clash with Cagliari. Inter 12/1 to win Scudetto That scoring streak has unsurprisingly seen the 24-year-old linked with a big-money move to European champions Madrid, but Spalletti has confidence his captain is happy at San Siro. When rumours of Madrid's interest were put to Spalletti in his pre-match news conference, the Inter boss replied: "Who does not want Icardi? "I love him at Inter and when I talk to him I can sense that the city, his team-mates, the club, the fans are all things to which he is strongly attached. "I am convinced he can stay at Inter forever." Inter are two points behind Napoli at the top of the table and two ahead of champions Juventus, with Spalletti stressing the importance of continued hard work if his players are to ensure they remain in the title race. "For now there is not [a gap to the top teams] anymore, but we have to carry on what we have done," he said. "Every match, we have to start from scratch and put our quality on the field. We must play without respite - that is our motto."

  • Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit ...

    Shkodran Mustafi has blasted the “s***” rumours which saw him heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal over the summer. Despite having spent just one season with the Gunners, the World Cup winner saw his future in north London called into question during the last transfer wi...

    Mustafi hits out at 's***' Arsenal exit rumours following summer of speculation

    Shkodran Mustafi has blasted the “s***” rumours which saw him heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal over the summer. Despite having spent just one season with the Gunners, the World Cup winner saw his future in north London called into question during the last transfer window. Arsenal 17/10 to beat Cologne A move to Serie A giants Inter was mooted, with the Italians reported to have been eventually forced out of the market by Arsenal’s demands. Mustafi, though, insists that he never wanted to move on and has refuted any suggestion that he came close to leaving Emirates Stadium. “You like to get the s***, the biggest s***,” the Germany international defender told reporters when quizzed on the exit talk. “That’s your job. You are asking me about it, it’s your job from the people outside, talking and thinking that they know everything.  “What happens in the changing room is the real thing. I don’t understand why people just talk about things they cannot know about.   “If I have been talking to clubs or if I haven’t, it’s only rumours. Obviously there are so many newspapers, they need something to write because it’s boring if the paper is empty. “I’m standing in front of you in an Arsenal shirt.” Mustafi addressed the transfer rumours after starring for Arsenal in a derby victory over Tottenham. He opened the scoring in a keenly-fought contest which saw Arsene Wenger’s side secure a 2-0 victory to close to within a point of their arch-rivals in the Premier League table. “We had to keep a cool head because it was a home Premier League game, only three points to win,” added Mustafi. “There was nothing more to win. So I think we did it well. We showed a great character, when we had the ball but also when we didn’t have it.  “In the end I’m really pleased with the performance and the character we showed.” Arsenal are now sixth in the English top-flight standings, one point adrift of the top four and 12 behind table-topping Manchester City.

  • Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its pr...

    Inter coach Luciano Spalletti described Mauro Icardi as similar to a "raptor pouncing on its prey" after his brace in Sunday's 2-0 win over Atalanta at the San Siro. The Argentina striker took his tally for the league season to 13 with a pair of superbly taken second-half header...

    Icardi like a 'raptor pouncing on its prey', says Spalletti

    Inter coach Luciano Spalletti described Mauro Icardi as similar to a "raptor pouncing on its prey" after his brace in Sunday's 2-0 win over Atalanta at the San Siro. The Argentina striker took his tally for the league season to 13 with a pair of superbly taken second-half headers to lift the Nerazzurri into second place in Serie A, two points behind leaders Napoli. Inter 8/13 to win at Cagliari The 24-year-old led the line expertly throughout, but Spalletti was quick to highlight his ability to find space at set-pieces as the key to gaining all three points. "Nobody had scored against Atalanta from a set-play, but Icardi did, because he's like a raptor pouncing on its prey," he told Mediaset Premium. "Icardi is a champion, but I am one of those coaches who think a victory is always credited to the whole team. We allowed Atalanta very little, kept it tight, recreating those attacking movements that give you the advantage when trying to score. "Inter have their own identity and tonight played like a mature team that knows when to wait for the important moment, knows where it wants to go and how to get there." Icardi was denied an opener in the first half when his low effort was saved by Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha and, despite his two goals, that miss was still on his mind after the final whistle. "I made the most of those two great crosses," Icardi said. "I still have regrets over the first-half chance, as I should've scored that one too. "It's an important victory because it's what we needed to do. We just had to focus on ourselves and to win."

  • Inter 2 Atalanta 0: Icardi brace sends S...

    Mauro Icardi's second-half brace helped Inter seal a comfortable 2-0 win over Atalanta and climb up to second in Serie A. Argentina striker Icardi, who scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 battering of Atalanta in last season's corresponding fixture, was denied an opener by a smart save ...

    Inter 2 Atalanta 0: Icardi brace sends Spalletti's side second

    Mauro Icardi's second-half brace helped Inter seal a comfortable 2-0 win over Atalanta and climb up to second in Serie A. Argentina striker Icardi, who scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 battering of Atalanta in last season's corresponding fixture, was denied an opener by a smart save from Etrit Berisha during a mundane first half at San Siro. But Icardi would not be denied shortly after the break as he opened the scoring with a simple header to bring the home fans to their feet. Inter's captain came up with the goods again on the hour with another header to essentially put the game to bed and take his tally in a prolific season up to 13 league goals, two behind Serie A's leading scorer Ciro Immobile. The double ensured Inter took full advantage of Juventus' surprise 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria earlier on Sunday and Luciano Spalletti's side, who remain unbeaten through 13 matches, are just two points adrift of table-topping Napoli. Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva threatened during a bright start from Inter, but it was the visitors who carved out the first clear sight of goal after 15 minutes. Hans Hateboer threaded a clever pass into the path of Josip Ilicic and the Slovenian's low drive was repelled by his compatriot Samir Handanovic at the near post. Inter were seemingly rattled and spent the next 10 minutes trying to regain their footing. When they did eventually settle back into their rhythm they should have taken the lead courtesy of Icardi. Borja Valero's flick through the middle released the Argentinian, who had brilliantly spun his marker, but his effort was too close to Berisha, who was able to get his leg to the initial shot and then scoop the ball up at the second attempt.  Five minutes before the interval, Icardi thought he should have had a penalty after being held back in his attempts to reach another dangerous cross, only for his protestations to be waved away by the referee. Icardi headed straight at Berisha moments after the restart, but he did not have to wait long to get on the scoresheet as he evaded his marker to head home Candreva's free-kick from six yards in the 51st minute.  The 24-year-old grabbed his second just nine minutes later, steering a superb header into the bottom corner from Danilo D'Ambrosio's right-wing cross.  Any hopes Atalanta had of finding a way back into the game were all-but extinguished by that goal, and Hateboer was on hand to prevent Icardi wrapping up his hat-trick from Perisic's fizzed pass, although the offside flag was raised anyway, as Inter comfortably saw out the three points.   Key Opta stats: - Inter have collected 33 points over the starting 13 league matches this term: the Nerazzurri have done better only once in Serie A history (34, back in 1950-51). - Inter have lost none of their last 15 Serie A games (W12 D3): their longest unbeaten streak since February 2008. - Atalanta have failed to score in an away league match for the first time since December 2016 when they did not find the net at the San Siro Stadium, against AC Milan. - Inter (6) and Icardi (3) have scored the joint-most headers in the current Serie A. - Mauro Icardi has now scored six goals against Atalanta: he has netted more only against Juventus (7) and Fiorentina (9) in the top-flight. - Six out of the eight shots Inter made were attempted by Icardi. - Inter have not conceded goals in the first half for the sixth game in a row.

  • 'He is the best' - Spalletti tips Ancelo...

    Luciano Spalletti has ruled himself out of the running to become Italy's next head coach and backed Carlo Ancelotti for the role. The Azzurri are searching for a new man to take charge after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the national team's failure to qualify for next ...

    'He is the best' - Spalletti tips Ancelotti for vacant Italy job

    Luciano Spalletti has ruled himself out of the running to become Italy's next head coach and backed Carlo Ancelotti for the role. The Azzurri are searching for a new man to take charge after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the national team's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup. Spal 3/1 to beat Fiorentina Italy will not be present at Russia 2018 after losing out in a two-legged play-off to Sweden, meaning the four-time world champions will miss an edition of the tournament for the first time since 1958. The experienced Spalletti is not interested in the job at this stage of his managerial career - but he believes Ancelotti, who is out of work after being sacked by Bayern Munich earlier this season, would be the ideal man to fill the vacancy. "I want and have to work well for Inter," the 58-year-old told Inter's official website ahead of Sunday's home Serie A game against Atalanta. "For the future, I could see Ancelotti doing well, he has the charisma and experience, while everyone is aware of his work. You need to aim for the best and he is the best.” While the inquest into Italy's shortcomings will run deeper than just identifying the right candidate to take charge, Spalletti has warned against making major changes in the aftermath of one disappointing qualification campaign. “The Azzurri must not hide from the disappointment linked to the national team, on the contrary they need a reaction," he said. "We must not have weaknesses in terms of character. We must react. "Our footballing style has value and there is no need to copy other models. You only need to look at our past."

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