Mauro Icardi has no plans to leave Inter at the end of the season according to agent and wife Wanda Nara, who said the Nerazzurri forward is devastated after losing the captaincy.

Icardi was stripped of the captaincy and replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic on Wednesday amid uncertainty over his future at the Serie A club following contract talks.

The 25-year-old, who has been linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona despite being contracted until 2021, was not in the squad for the Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna, while he was also absent for Sunday's 2-1 league win over Sampdoria.

Nara spoke about the situation on Sunday, telling Mediaset program 'Tiki Taka': "Some say the armband is meaningless, but for Mauro it's like taking away a leg more than an arm.

"He wears that jersey with such pride and if there were decisions to be made in the past about money or love of the shirt, he always chooses the shirt.

"I had no warning at all. I am always in contact with Inter, I have them on speed dial, but I only found out about the decision to revoke his captaincy on Twitter.

"I had a three-hour meeting with people very high up in the club and they never told me anything about it.

"Mauro scored 120 goals with this jersey and when nobody believed, he was the first to pick up the ball and call everyone forward, because he believes in this team. We are a family of Interisti, whether he is on the field or not.

"Inter are my family, so when the incident happened with the rock, the first people I called were Inter. Mauro was asleep, as he had training in the afternoon, so I didn't know who else to call. We are here in Milan because of Inter."

Former Inter president Massimo Moratti contacted Nara after Icardi lost the captain's armband and she added: "He was very kind and I thank him, because Mauro was so upset. He was in terrible condition. When he's upset, he clams up and tries to bottle things up, tries to be the strong one.

"I asked Moratti if he could please help get Mauro to play again, because it means so much to him. It is not our intention to leave Inter, not at all."

Luciano Spalletti was frustrated Mauro Icardi did not celebrate Inter's dramatic 2-1 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday with his team-mates.

Icardi, who was replaced as club captain by Samir Handanovic this week amid speculation surrounding his future, watched from the stands at San Siro due to the knee injury that kept him out of the 1-0 win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed before kick-off the Argentina striker would still be offered a new contract despite the seemingly strained relationship between player and club.

Spalletti's side struggled in front of goal and needed a winner from Radja Nainggolan after Manolo Gabbiadini cancelled out Danilo D'Ambrosio's 73rd-minute opener.

While the Inter boss was pleased to see Icardi, who did not travel to Austria with the team, in the stadium, he was disappointed he did not come down to the dressing room afterwards.

"I really appreciated that he was in the stadium and I would've appreciated it even more if he had come to the dressing room to celebrate with us afterwards, because it was a very important victory for the team and he is part of this group, so I imagine he was as happy with the win as we were," said Spalletti.

"We want a return to normality. In a team, in a dressing room you all need to be working in the same direction.

"There are more steps to take, which are for him to come to the dressing room, to enjoy being a part of this very good group, to relish wearing Inter's glorious shirt."

Spalletti fell out with club icon Francesco Totti at Roma but stated the situation with Icardi is unprecedented in his career.

"I really liked the applause from our fans after the equaliser, as they urged us to get right back on track and gave us strength in that difficult moment," he said.

"It's just frustrating that we keep getting tied up in all this talk around Inter. I've had some situations in my career with a lot of attention, but never like this.

"The victory is a sign of maturity, so we can begin to get past the mountain of things that are constantly spoken about Inter."

Radja Nainggolan came to Inter's rescue in Mauro Icardi's absence to seal a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sampdoria in Serie A on Sunday.

Icardi, who was this week stripped of the captaincy amid ongoing speculation over his future, watched from the San Siro stands due to the knee injury that kept him out of the 1-0 Europa League victory over Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

Inter looked set to rue his absence until Danilo D'Ambrosio opened the scoring in the 73rd minute, but substitute Manolo Gabbiadini pounced on some shoddy defending just 25 seconds after coming on to pull Sampdoria level.

However, Nainggolan's shot from the edge of the box found a path through a host of bodies three minutes later to restore the Nerazzurri's four-point cushion over fourth-place AC Milan.

Lautaro Martinez, who scored Inter's goals in back-to-back wins over Parma and Rapid, led the line in Icardi's absence and was kept off the scoresheet by Emil Audero in the sixth minute.

Audero had to scramble back to stop a tame Ivan Perisic shot that squirmed through his legs crossing the line, while Milan Skriniar saw a goal ruled out for offside against D'Ambrosio in first-half stoppage time.

Samir Handanovic stayed on his feet to deny Gregoire Defrel just 32 seconds after the restart and the newly appointed captain produced a fingertip save to keep Fabio Quagliarella's looping header out in the 66th minute.

Perisic was unperturbed by seeing a shot saved by Audero and his run into the box from the left enabled D'Ambrosio to dart in front of Nicola Murru for the opener.

Gabbiadini punished Skriniar's failure to clear the ball with his first involvement after replacing Riccardo Saponara in the 75th minute, but Sampdoria were unable to hold on for a point.

Nainggolan somehow found the bottom-left corner with Audero unsighted to seal an important win that enabled Inter to strengthen their grip on third.

Mauro Icardi will still be offered a new Inter contract despite being replaced as the club's captain due to his behaviour, according to chief executive Beppe Marotta.

Icardi, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, was stripped of the captaincy this week with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic installed as his replacement.

The striker subsequently pulled out of the Inter squad to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League, using Instagram to hint he was being treated for an injury.

Icardi, whose wife Wanda Nara is his agent, was not named in the squad for Inter's Serie A game at home to his old club Sampdoria on Sunday, the Argentine taking a watching brief from the stands at San Siro.

Inter are yet to give a formal reason in public for the move to strip Icardi of the captaincy, but Marotta confirmed the decision was made by coach Luciano Spalletti.

"It was not a disciplinary matter against the lad," Marotta said to Sky Sport Italia. "But rather a change that we considered better for the team, club and Icardi himself.

"It was not degrading for him, but sometimes these changes have to be made. Icardi is only 25 years old, let’s not forget, it’s unfair to expect too much from him. We wanted to keep the culture of victory and winning mentality, to cultivate it.

"It's a growth process and we decided to make this change to help everyone progress together as a group. Sometimes the head of a household has to take an unpopular decision for the good of the familly."

Tensions between Inter and Nara have reportedly grown over the ongoing Icardi contract talks and this week her car was attacked, an incident Spalletti has condemned.

"I exchanged some messages with her and showed our utmost solidarity, because let's not forget also there are five children involved here. It was absolutely unacceptable," Marotta added.

"She was very nice and appreciative of our affection, as she always has been. We have never had a problem dealing with her.

"I told Wanda, as the player's representative, that we will send a [contract] proposal over the next few weeks. There are some issues to be dealt with first and we must evaluate some figures. The contract has nothing to do with it."

Mauro Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara reportedly had a rock thrown at her car on Saturday, and Inter boss Luciano Spalletti hopes the culprit is punished.

Argentina international Icardi was replaced as skipper on Wednesday amid ongoing uncertainty over his future at Inter, where he has a contract until June 2021.

The 25-year-old was subsequently omitted from the squad to face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League and the club announced on Friday he missed training due to knee inflammation.

Nara allegedly had a stone hurled at her vehicle while driving and Spalletti wants to see repercussions.

"I hope whoever did that is found and arrested because it is unacceptable," said Spalletti.

Icardi will sit out the visit of his former team Sampdoria to San Siro on Sunday due to his knee injury.

"As the club wrote in a statement, Icardi has a problem. This prevents him from playing and he won't be involved because he has a swelling," Inter boss Spalletti said.

On taking the captaincy off Icardi, Spalletti added: "It was a very painful decision we had to take. However, if you have a specific role in an organisation, the most important thing is to be fair.

"We had to do everything that was just and fair in the interests of the squad and Inter. We are very open and honest in the dressing room.

"We made a decision which is not one that goes against Icardi, it's a decision which was taken in the interest of Inter. That was essentially what we said to one another [on Friday].

"Clearly, I can't go into all the details of the conversation. We made a stand in the interests of fairness and professionalism.

"The team spirit and the squad dynamic is the most important thing as opposed to an individual's interests."

Massimiliano Allegri was delighted to see Paulo Dybala end his Serie A goal drought with a stunning strike in Friday's 3-0 win over Frosinone.

The Argentina forward blasted home from 25 yards after just six minutes of the game at the Allianz Stadium, before Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a routine win.

It was Dybala's first league goal since the 3-1 defeat of Cagliari on November 3 and just his eighth in 29 appearances in all competitions.

Allegri, though, says the 25-year-old's all-round performances have been hugely important to Juve, even if his goalscoring has been limited by playing behind Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic.

"I'm happy for Paulo. He scored a good goal and forwards live for that," Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

"We need a player who works between the lines, even more so this year as we play with two strikers as well as him.

"This has maybe limited him a little in terms of finishing, but not in terms of the matches and his performances."

Juve's win stretched their lead at the top of the table to 14 points, having played a game more than Napoli, and ensured they head to Spain for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg with Atletico Madrid in positive spirits.

Allegri is eager for them to get at least an away goal at the Wanda Metropolitano if they are to have hope of reaching the quarter-finals.

"The team is growing physically. We struggled a bit after the break but we're now ready to face this important moment of the season, both in the league and the Champions League," he said.

"It'll be a different game in Madrid. We will have to pay great attention and go there with the aim of scoring, otherwise going through will be tough."

Mauro Icardi has been dominating headlines this week, having been stripped of the Inter captaincy in a decision described by sporting director Piero Ausilio as being "for the good of the club".

When it was suggested to Allegri that he could try to bring the striker to Turin, he was not prepared to go into detail about the club's transfer plans.

"I don't know anything about the market. I prefer to go to the beach in the summer! The club takes care of the players and makes them available," he said.

"Icardi is a forward who can score goals, but I leave the assessments to [Inter boss Luciano] Spalletti, who coaches him and knows him better."

Lautaro Martinez hopes Mauro Icardi's situation at Inter is "resolved", labelling the forward a key player for the Serie A side.

Icardi was stripped of the captaincy and left out of the squad for the trip to Rapid Vienna as Martinez's first-half penalty lifted Inter to a 1-0 win in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday.

Martinez said the 25-year-old needed to work out his situation with the club's hierarchy.

"Icardi? Mauro is an important player for us," the Argentine forward said.

"It's a situation that needs to be resolved with the top brass. We just need to think about playing."

Martinez's goal was his seventh of the season for Inter, the side he arrived at from Racing Club in July last year.

The 21-year-old said he was happy to be on the scoresheet again for Inter, who host Sampdoria in the Serie A on Sunday.

"For me, it's important that I scored the penalty: I missed the last one I took against Lazio in the Coppa Italia," Martinez said.

"Nevertheless, I have confidence in myself and therefore I'm happy. A striker always needs to score.

"I want to continue on this path, something which involves working hard and thinking about giving my all.

"We've managed to get a positive result, and now we'll be able to train calmly to prepare for our upcoming matches."

Mauro Icardi seemingly suggested he would not be commenting on his situation at Inter in a cryptic social media post on Thursday.

The striker was stripped of the Nerazzurri captaincy ahead of the Europa League tie with Rapid Vienna, with the role instead handed to Samir Handanovic.

The decision was described by both coach Luciano Spalletti and sporting director Piero Ausilio as "painful".

Icardi then pulled out of the squad for the Europa League clash and appeared to hint at an injury on social media.

And after a 1-0 Inter away win, secured with Lautaro Martinez's penalty, Icardi again took to Instagram, although he looked to be reluctant to openly address the week's developments.

Quoting the famed American writer Mark Twain, Icardi wrote: "It's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt."

Icardi's future at San Siro has long been the subject of speculation as Wanda Nara, his wife and agent, has so far failed to agree on a new deal.

She is reported to have angered some at Inter by suggesting Icardi is not protected enough from negative news.

Ausilio insists the club are not looking to sell the Argentina international.

Luciano Spalletti hailed Lautaro Martinez's contribution as he inspired Inter to victory at Rapid Vienna in the absence of deposed captain Mauro Icardi.

Martinez struck the only goal to earn a precious away win, just as he did at Parma on Saturday, although there was added pressure on the forward on Thursday due to Icardi's withdrawal from the squad.

The Argentina international had earlier been stripped of the captaincy, with Samir Handanovic taking on the role, before appearing to hint at an injury on social media as Spalletti revealed the striker's decision to sit out of the Europa League tie.

Martinez was subsequently chosen to lead the line and Spalletti praised the young star's all-round display in Austria.

"He had an important responsibility and you have to praise him because he made a great performance," said the Inter coach. "He held the ball up, he pressed, he won the penalty and scored it. Much of the result is due to his desire to fight for every ball.

"He is at ease in the centre-forward role, but he will have to prove that he can always be lethal inside the area."

Meanwhile, Spalletti does not expect there will be any issues with Icardi despite a decision that both he and sporting director Piero Ausilio described as "painful".

"I think he will react in a professional manner," he said. "Just as we had difficulty making this decision, he had difficulty receiving the news. But we go to work, there is nothing different."

Handanovic was delighted with Inter's defeat of Rapid, yet the goalkeeper was keen to avoid discussion of his new role.

"I'm very happy to wear the armband at a big club, but I want the performances of the team to be spoken about and not who wears the armband," he said.

Mauro Icardi was stripped of the Inter captaincy "for the good of the club" but the Serie A outfit hope to keep him at San Siro, according to sporting director Piero Ausilio.

The Nerazzurri confirmed on Wednesday that Samir Handanovic had taken the armband from striker Icardi, who was then left out of the squad for the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Rapid Vienna.

Head coach Luciano Spalletti said the Argentina international had withdrawn from the travelling group himself, and the player appeared to confirm as much when he suggested on Instagram that he is receiving treatment for an injury.

Speculation over Icardi's future has increased, with Wanda Nara, his wife and agent, reported to have angered some inside the club by suggesting he is not protected enough from negative news.

Ausilio insists the decision to change captain had nothing to do with discussions over a possible new contract, but he insists it was the right call for Icardi and the rest of the squad.

"A decision was made that everyone agreed with, and it was a painful one to make," he told Sky Sport. "The reasons are serious and valid; there's nothing to explain.

"Mauro remains important to us. He still has a lot to give to Inter. We are not questioning him as a professional or as a striker, which is why I hope he stays with us for a long time yet. 'Us' is the key word here and must always prevail for the good of the club and the changing room.

"We have taken measures – and it's the last thing we would have wanted to do – after letting something slide in the past. It might seem like a step backwards, but in terms of the future it's 10 steps forward.

"We'll speak with Icardi, although it's not right to speak of talks to clear the air because he's never been put in discussion and he's a great player. If he likes, we'll set conditions to follow. Contract discussions have in no way been affected by these events – it's a totally different subject."

Inter claimed a 1-0 win against Rapid in Icardi's absence, with Lautaro Martinez scoring the winning goal for the second game in a row, converting a first-half penalty after being fouled by Manuel Thurnwald.

The forward now hopes for more regular opportunities to impress from the start, having come off the bench to secure the 1-0 Serie A win at Parma last Saturday.

"I'm happy to have scored again," he told InterTV. "We got the win on a difficult pitch. I'm happy to go back to Italy with a positive result.

"It's really important to have continuity: against Parma, I started on the bench, and today I was in the first team.

"I'm ready to do everything the coach asks for the good of the team. Now, we head to Samp [Sampdoria], our next game in front of our fans, and then we think about the return against Rapid."

Mauro Icardi appeared to confirm that he is suffering from an injury on Thursday as his absence from Inter's Europa League squad took a further twist.

Icardi was replaced by Samir Handanovic as captain on Wednesday and was later a notable absentee when the club named a 19-man party for the trip to Rapid Vienna in the round of 32. 

Despite an initial assumption Icardi had been dropped, coach Luciano Spalletti later clarified that the Argentina international withdrew from the squad himself, although the Nerazzurri boss did not offer a reason.

There was also only a vague explanation for Icardi's loss of the captaincy, with the striker's persistent links to a move away thought to be a factor in Spalletti's decision, which he said was made because "things around him have disturbed him and the team he captained".

Reports on Thursday suggested Icardi will also miss Sunday's clash with Sampdoria due to an ankle injury - an issue that was not mentioned by Spalletti at Wednesday's news conference.

Icardi appeared to back up those claims by posting a picture of himself receiving treatment on Instagram with the caption: "Therapy time day one".

The 25-year-old, who has been touted as a target for European champions Real Madrid, has nine goals in 18 Serie A appearances this season, having scored 29 in 34 games last term.

Inter coach Luciano Spalletti has revealed Mauro Icardi chose not to join up with the squad for their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna. 

The Serie A club named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new captain on Wednesday but did not give any reasons for Icardi's removal from the role. 

The Argentina international was later a notable absentee when the club named a 19-man party for the trip to Austria for the first leg of their last-32 tie on Thursday. 

But Spalletti said Icardi has not been dropped and that his absence from the squad was the player's decision alone.

"Tomorrow will be a very important game. We'll have time after that to clarify Icardi's position," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"It was a difficult and painful decision but one supported by everyone and made for the good of Inter and the team.

"His no-show? It was him who didn't want to join up with the team. He was called up. He was disappointed, but it was also difficult for us to make this decision and announce it to him.

"There's a situation that needs addressing and I said it after [the] Parma [game]. What's happened confirms that.

"If there is anyone who thinks of anything other than the result tomorrow night, they're wrong to do that.

"We've made a decision at an appropriate time and one that was well thought out, albeit one that was very painful.

"Things around him have disturbed him and the team he captained. Now we have to focus all our attention on tomorrow’s game."

Icardi has a contract with the Nerazzurri until 2021 but continues to be linked with a move away, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all previously credited with an interest in the striker.

Speaking last month, Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara insisted he would sign a renewal. 

However, that has done little to assuage doubts over his future, and the situation became more unclear when Nara, speaking on the Tiki Taka show, said: "I would like Mauro to be more protected by the club because sometimes some bad things come from inside."

Inter have left Mauro Icardi out of their squad for Thursday's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna after stripping him of the captaincy earlier on Wednesday.

The Serie A club revealed goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new skipper but did not give any reasons for Icardi's removal.

The Argentina international trained with the squad on Wednesday but was a notable absentee when Inter named the 19-man party who would travel to Austria for the first leg of their last-32 tie.

Icardi has a contract with the Nerazzurri until 2021 but continues to be linked with a move away, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all having been credited with an interest.

Speaking last month, Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara insisted he would sign a renewal.

However, that has done little to assuage doubts over his future and head coach Luciano Spalletti - speaking after a 1-0 win over Parma at the weekend - expressed his frustration.

"I have not created any problems for Icardi," Spalletti told DAZN.

"Issues need to be clarified, because when you leave things half-cooked, they become open to interpretation.

"People have said a few too many things, now there is time to sit down and talk about something we've avoided and dragged along with us for months."

The situation became more unclear when Nara, speaking on the Tiki Taka show, said: "I would like Mauro to be more protected by the club because sometimes some bad things come from inside."

Inter have replaced Mauro Icardi with Samir Handanovic as captain amid increased uncertainty over the Argentina striker's future.

Icardi has a contract with the Nerazzurri until 2021 but continues to be linked with a move, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all having been credited with an interest.

Speaking last month, Icardi's wife and agent Wanda Nara insisted he would sign a renewal.

However, that has done little to assuage doubts over his future and head coach Luciano Spalletti - speaking after a 1-0 win over Parma at the weekend - expressed his frustration.

"I have not created any problems for Icardi," Spalletti told DAZN.

"Issues need to be clarified, because when you leave things half-cooked, they become open to interpretation.

"People have said a few too many things, now there is time to sit down and talk about something we've avoided and dragged along with us for months."

The situation became more unclear when Nara, speaking on the Tiki Taka show, said: "I would like Mauro to be more protected by the club because sometimes some bad things come from inside."

Inter have not explained their reasons for taking the armband off Icardi, but the move is sure to only increase speculation.

Reports of Icardi losing the captaincy took an unusual turn on Tuesday when Inter's Spanish Twitter account displayed a picture of him handing the armband to Lautaro Martinez, accompanied by the "soon" emoji, which was later deleted.

Juventus wanted to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi before the club acquired Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, according to sporting director Fabio Paratici.

Massimiliano Allegri's side won a seventh Serie A title in a row in 2017-18, yet Paratici has revealed how the Champions League quarter-final exit to Madrid in April had resulted in the board seeking a way to shake up the squad.

It was during the second leg of that tie that Juve first received encouraging signs from Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes about his client wanting to end his time in Spain and move to Turin.

However, Paratici has said that the club were also considering buying Icardi from Serie A rivals Inter.

"We had a meeting, it was early June," Paratici explained to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I had a thought about [Gianluigi] Buffon leaving, the team having won seven championships, and having had a tough Champions League exit. So something had to be done to motivate the squad.

"I met with [chairman] Andrea [Agnelli], [vice chairman] Pavel [Nedved], and we all agreed. We must give the entire environment a shock. A positive shock that can project Juventus over certain limits.

"There are two ways to motivate the team. The first way? It was to buy Icardi and unleash an incredible fiasco, or we can sign Cristiano Ronaldo."

Icardi, who has scored 109 Serie A goals since joining Inter in 2013, continues to be linked with a move away from San Siro despite his deal not expiring until 2021.

One man who Paratici does not see leaving his current club is Juve forward Paulo Dybala as the sporting director sees no better options out there for the Serie A champions.

"Those who leave are those who want to," Paratici added.

"I repeat our squad is difficult to improve. Who do you get that is better than Dybala? It's difficult to sign [Lionel] Messi. Even with Neymar I'd have doubts. Dybala is someone who is always there, until the end."

Paratici also confirmed Juventus were one of the clubs monitoring Ajax's teenage defender Matthijs de Ligt.

"De Ligt is surely one of the best young players out there and we are following him with great attention," he added.

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