Internazionale captain Mauro Icardi says he wants to become a club icon like former skipper Javier Zanetti after another match winning display, according to Sempreinter.
The Argentine’s double in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Atalanta took him to 13 league goals for the season, and during the post match interview with InterTV, he made his aims clear to be an Inter legend like compatriot Zanetti, simply saying: “I want to become an Inter icon like Zanetti.”
The 24-year-old praised Inter boss Spalletti for his and the teams improvement, telling Mediaset Premium: “He has contributed a lot, he and the rest of the staff are working a lot and we have all improved. Spalletti is very important for us.”
His manager also spoke highly of Icardi following the Atalanta win, praising his instinct in front of goal and around the box. He commented: Nobody had scored against Atalanta from a set-play, but Icardi did, because he’s like a raptor pouncing on its prey.”
He added: “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.”
The man he aims to be like, Javier Zanetti, played 858 times for Inter between 1995 and 2014, winning 12 major honours in those 19 years.
Icardi is fast becoming a club legend with an impressive 84 goals in 138 games for the club since his arrival in 2013 as Inter sit second in Serie A, two points behind leaders Napoli.