Agent: Icardi staying put at Inter amid contoversy
His autobiography has caused tension between him and the club’s supporters, but Mauro Icardi will reportedly stay at the San Siro, according to his wife and agent.
Wanda Nara has suggested that despite the comments the 23-year-old made in his book about a 2014 encounter with supporters Icardi will “100 percent” remain with Inter Milan.
Icardi’s agent completely dismissed the notion that the Argentine would make an exit in a recent interview.
“He will not go away from Inter, will stay 100 percent. He is - and will stay - the captain, which has not been in doubt. He had opportunities to leave last summer but chose to stay because of the relationship he has with the fans and because he is attached to Inter. He does not want to have to start all over again.
“The newspapers spoke of an exaggerated fine, but it is not so. The fine is a small percentage of his gross monthly salary, as the rules say, and Mauro asked for it to go to charity.”
The outrage from the club’s ultras stems from Inter’s 3-1 defeat against Sassuolo two seasons ago, when Icardi attempted to give his jersey to a fan. Icardi reportedly got into a verbal altercation after that shirt was thrown back in his direction.
Amid all of the controversy, Nara believes that her husband and client has acted in a very humble manner, saying he “didn’t want to offend anyone.”
Icardi removed the section in question from his book, which has been rapidly selling since its recent release.
“For this reason, he decided to take it off in the reprint,” Nara said. “The book is almost sold out, in the new version those words will not be there. This suggests that Mauro is a decent person. As soon as he heard someone was offended he wrote an apology and then got into his car to go to San Siro. Mauro is a very cool person, he does not feel the pressure. He’s focused on the job and does not care about the outside. But it was absurd - a similar situation you can expect away, not at home. He fails to convert few scoring chances, but against Cagliari he did miss a penalty.
“I almost cried, not for the mistake but for stadium reaction. I’ve never seen San Siro clap a player who missed a penalty. That applause explains that people love Icardi. If three-quarters of the crowd applauded him it is because he is an idol for the people. On Facebook there have been a million messages of solidarity. People wrote immediately to make him feel their affection. He is an idol for many children, an example as a player, man and father.”