The captain of the San Siro outfit has suggested that he is about to sign a new deal with the club, despite interest from Arsenal and Chelsea
Despite reported interest from a host of clubs throughout Europe, Mauro Icardi has appeared to pledge his future to Inter.
Inter’s captain has been heavily linked with a move away from San Siro in this transfer window, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Napoli reportedly keen to acquire the striker’s services.
However, the 23-year-old – who netted 16 Serie A goals last term – has now moved to put those rumours to rest, using his official Instagram account to show his commitment to Inter as Frank de Boer’s men prepare to face Chievo in their opening game of the new campaign on Sunday.
The Argentina international said: “The start of a new season, with new goals but always with the same love for three years for this shirt… And many others…”
A photo posted by Mauro Icardi (@mauroicardi) on Aug 21, 2016 at 3:41am PDT
Icardi, who is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with Inter, arrived from Sampdoria in 2013 and has scored 52 goals from 105 appearances for the club in all competitions.
The Dutchman has confirmed that he is keeping a close eye on the transfer market and is excited for the competitive action to finally start
Frank de Boer has confirmed Inter are interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Mario.
The Serie A side have long been linked with a move for Portugal midfielder Joao Mario and recent reports suggested they are keen to bring in France international Sissoko as well.
De Boer has now acknowledged the two are indeed options for Inter as he looks to strengthen the midfield.
“We need a strong team and perhaps it’s true that our midfield is not complete yet at the moment,” De Boer said at a news conference.
“We will have to keep a close eye on what happens on the transfer market. Joao Mario and Sissoko are interesting players.”
Inter are allegedly ready to cash in on Marcelo Brozovic if Joao Mario comes in, but De Boer hopes the Croatia international will stay put regardless of any potential additions.
“Brozovic and Joao Mario are both excellent players and it would be great to have them both,” De Boer added.
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“We will have to wait and see what happens in the next few days regarding Joao Mario.”
Inter begin their Serie A campaign with an away game against Chievo on Sunday and De Boer is brimming with confidence heading into the encounter.
“I want to win every game. That’s what we’ll set out to do and see where it takes us,” he continued.
“We want to dominate and create lots of chances, I always expect that of my teams.
“We’re excited to finally start. Now it’s for real and I’m very confident about the season ahead.”
The Bianconeri are gunning for a sixth Scudetto in a row as they open their campaign against Fiorentina, but their coach believes Napoli, Roma and Inter can compete
Massimiliano Allegri urged Juventus not to believe they are in for an easy route to Serie A glory and thinks four teams will challenge for this season’s Scudetto.
Juve open their season at home to Fiorentina on Saturday as hot favourites to win the title for a sixth consecutive season.
Despite selling Paul Pogba in a world-record transfer to Manchester United, Allegri’s men have added five impressive names in Dani Alves, Mehdi Benatia, Gonzalo Higuain, Marko Pjaca and Miralem Pjanic.
But Allegri does not think that transfer business makes Juve overwhelming frontrunners and expects Napoli, Roma and Inter – although not his former club AC Milan – to contest the title.
He said: “We know that our big rivalries this season will be with Inter, Napoli and Roma. They will all be in the Scudetto fight.
“The first overall objective is to get to March and be fighting for three competitions, to be fighting in the league, the last 16 of the Champions League and the Coppa Italia. From then on we’ll play our season.
“It’s definitely not easy, because in every year that passes – Juventus have won the Scudetto for five in a row – the level of difficulty gets higher and higher. The other teams become more aggressive, and as we saw at the beginning of last year, subconsciously there’s a drop-off.
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“Nothing is easy – especially in football. We know that winning the title is going to be very difficult.
“You can’t necessarily say that because Juventus have made some good signings – Higuain, Pjanic, Benatia, Pjaca, Dani Alves – that it’s a mathematical equation and we should win the Scudetto.
“To win the Scudetto you have to earn it on the pitch, like going forward in the Champions League. We’ll take it a step at a time, which is the way it should be.”
While not having the profile of Alves, Benatia, Higuain and Pjanic, Allegri tipped Pjaca – the 21-year-old winger brought in from Dinamo Zagreb – to be one of the stars of the Italian season.
He added: “Marko Pjaca is very good and interesting. He is talented – I think he could be the revelation of the season because he has physical and technical quality.
“At the moment, I think he is more suited to playing in a wider role but it depends on the system that we use as he is also effective as one of the two forwards.”
The new Nerazzurri winger is full of ambition following his transfer to San Siro and wants to win titles with his new club, while recognising they must topple Juventus
Antonio Candreva is determined to win silverware with Inter following his transfer from Lazio.
The Italy international was initially linked with a move to Napoli, but eventually opted to join Inter instead and is looking forward to a new chapter in his career.
“I joined Inter to win. That is what Inter are used to doing,” said Candreva.
“Inter were chasing after me and I am proud to have joined this club. Negotiations were long and hard and at some point I feared the deal would collapse. I did not reject Napoli. I don’t know whether there were talks between both clubs.
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“Inter wanted me right from the start and I am proud to be here.
“I have reached the right age to aim for success. Juventus have been the team to beat in recent years, but we want to improve on last season and have a good campaign.
“We have got a lot of quality players and we can achieve big things together.”
The 29-year-old signed a four-year deal with Inter.
The Serie A champions have brought in the likes of Dani Alves, Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain over the summer, but the new Inter boss believes Pogba’s loss will be key
Inter coach Frank de Boer has questioned whether Juventus have genuinely strengthened their squad ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, despite the arrival of a number of high-profile names.
The Serie A champions have secured the services of Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic and Dani Alves among others, but De Boer has stressed there is no guarantee the new signings will fit in and improve the team.
“Juventus are a great team and have an exceptional squad,” De Boer told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“They have brought in Higuain, but they have lost [Paul] Pogba at the same time. We will have to wait and see how they cope with these changes in midfield.
“I don’t think it’s a certainty that they are stronger than last season. Yes, they have a lot of big names, but we don’t know yet whether these big names fit in the team.”
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Inter are looking to qualify for the Champions League again in 2016-17 having not played in the competition since 2011-12, but De Boer has warned he needs time to make the team his own.
“We’ll see my Inter after four months, that’s the norm,” De Boer added. “In January, you will have more of an idea about what we are trying to do as I have only just arrived.
“We also must be very careful at the moment not to be too intense in training as it can lead to many injuries.
“I remember [Jurgen] Klopp taking over at Liverpool last October and tried to immediately impose his high-pressing style which he used at Borussia Dortmund and it resulted in several injuries. Sometimes it is better to slow down.
“Getting into the Champions League [is our goal]. With good organisation and the right mindset, you can do just about anything in football. However, we know that Roma, Napoli, Lazio, Fiorentina and Milan are all good teams and must be respected.”
The Nerazzurri are already in talks to sign Brazil’s Olympics star and look set to beat Premier League clubs and Juventus to his signature
Inter are leading the race to sign Gabriel Barbosa from Santos for £25 million and are expected to beat Juventus, Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City to the signing of the star, Goal understands.
Santos president Modesto Roma held provisional talks in London with representatives from the Premier League clubs. He also visited Madrid to speak to Atletico, while Juventus also made an offer for him.
However, the 19-year-old will most likely join Inter this summer, as sources close to the forward have confirmed the Nerazzurri have agreed terms with Santos.
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Frank de Boer’s side are yet to open talks over personal terms with Barbosa, though, and will wait until after the Olympics, with the attacker nicknamed ‘Gabigol’ aiming for a gold medal with Brazil in Rio.
There is still time for Premier League clubs to make a move, but there is little sign they will do so.
Chelsea are focusing their financial strength on securing Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who they are prioritising over Gbigol, and have been trying to re-sign the Belgian throughout the transfer window.
The Manchester United defender has been linked with a reunion with his former coach, but the Inter boss feels a transfer is not likely in the current transfer window
Inter coach Frank de Boer has admitted he is a keen admirer of Daley Blind, but believes there is little chance the Manchester United defender will switch clubs this transfer window.
De Boer and Blind, contracted to United until June 2018. worked together at Ajax and reports suggest the newly appointed Inter boss is keen to lure his compatriot away from Old Trafford.
However, a transfer seems very much unlikely as things stand, though the coach would not rule it out completely.
“I like him as a player for sure, he’s fantastic,” De Boer was quoted as saying by Gazzetta World.
“He is very happy at Manchester United, though, and played in the Community Shield.
“I know his situation and I think he’s very happy and playing with confidence, but we’ll see in the future.
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“Of course, any of my ex-players from Ajax are guys I like to keep an eye on and watch them very closely. I do the same with [Christian] Eriksen, [Toby] Alderweireld, all of those guys. I like to follow them and I do the same with Daley.”
Inter are also being linked with a move for Sporting midfielder Joao Mario and De Boer has hinted there could be developments soon regarding the Portugal international.
“He’s a European champion,” De Boer added.
“He is an interesting player to a lot of teams and for Inter, that’s no different. We will see in the coming days what happens.
“Firstly, I do have to see how the group is and then I’ll make a choice about whether or not we really need players in the squad. Now I can make real judgements about the players.
“We will have to wait and see and then make choices.”
The Argentine full-back pulled up in training on Thursday with a ligament problem, and could be out for up to a month – which will keep him out against Chievo
Cristian Ansaldi is set to miss the start of Inter’s season after the club confirmed he had suffered a knee injury.
The 29-year-old full-back arrived at San Siro last month after spells with Zenit St Petersburg, Atletico Madrid and Genoa over the past three seasons, but has suffered a strained medial collateral ligament prior to making his competitive debut.
Ansaldi sustained the problem in training on Thursday, prior to his presentation as an Inter player later that day.
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“Cristian Ansaldi has had a scan on his left knee which has revealed a strained medial collateral ligament,” read the club’s statement on Friday.
Reports in Italy suggest he will miss two to four weeks of action as a result, with Inter’s league campaign due to start away to Chievo on August 21.
Ansaldi had appeared in five of Inter’s pre-season matches under former head coach Roberto Mancini, who has since been replaced at the helm by Frank de Boer.