Inter’s ‘Curva Nord’ ultras have made it clear that they are “finished” with Mauro Icardi because of how his contract situation has created a bitter situation at the club.
Inter’s leading scorer over the last four campaigns was stripped of the captain’s armband at Inter as negotiations over a new contract stalled in February. The Argentine then claimed he could not play due to a knee injury despite being passed fit by medical staff, according to Luciano Spalletti.
How has Icardi upset the Ultras? Five key things to know…
- The Argentine striker, 25, sees his current contract expire in 2021
- His wife and agent, Wanda Nara, is negotiating a new Inter deal along with a lawyer.
- But with Icardi yet to sign amid links to clubs such as Real Madrid, the striker was removed as club captain in mid-February.
- Icardi then spent nearly two months out of the team and was only recalled this week against Genoa.
- He previously offended Inter’s ultras with a chapter in his ‘Sempre Avanti’ book in 2016, for which he was fined by the club.
Icardi, out since mid-February, returned to action in a 4-0 away win against Genoa on Wednesday, scoring a goal and providing an assist. This did not redeem him in the eyes of the travelling fans, a section of whom refused to celebrate his goal.
Icardi scores, but chiefs of Inter hard fans tell fans not to celebrate
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There was also an awkward moment between Spalletti and Icardi upon his substitution in the 80th minute.
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And ahead of Inter’s game against Atlanta – Icardi’s first at the San Siro since this saga began – the ultras made it clear that they don’t think Icardi should be the part of the club’s “future”.
“Awaiting tomorrow’s important game, we reiterate the position of the Curva Nord,” read a statement from the main Ultras group (translated by Football Italia).
“We are not ones to dictate what other fans at San Siro ought to do. We are not interested in making lists of who is better or more of an Inter fan.
“We will not take steps back on Icardi. He cannot be the future of Inter. Refusing to wear the jersey on more than one occasion with ridiculous excuses, he dug his own grave.”
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The statement continued: “As far as we are concerned, the time of ‘I’d like to, but I can’t’ is over. We manifested our views at the Pinetina training ground and during the Genoa game. We’ll continue to express it during the matches with the methods we consider most opportune.
“Having said that, we are fans. We go to the stadium to cheer on Inter, to lead it to victory. Not to give more importance than is necessary to a figure who we, evidently with foresight, had finished with a long time ago.
“No, do not ‘fear,’ Icardi will be ‘considered’… as much as is right. Perhaps those who expect 90 minutes of chants against him will be disappointed… but let’s not confuse what is best for Inter with hypocrisy.”
It remains to be seen how Icardi will be received as Inter take on Atalanta on Sunday.