Inter strips Icardi of captaincy

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

After being stripped of the Inter captaincy, Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti has also revealed that Mauro Icardi refused to fly with the team to Vienna despite being called up for their Europa League match.

"Tomorrow we have a big game, there will be time to clarify things".

"It was a hard decision but it was supported by everyone at the club and made for the good of Inter as well as the team". But we think it is for the best on the pitch, from the next game onwards.

This is not the first time Spalletti has fallen out with his captain, he previously sent Francesco Totti home from Roma training in February 2016.

Icardi joined Inter in 2013 from Sampdoria, while Handanovic, 34, arrived in 2012 from Udinese.

The Argentina global has been a prolific goalscorer in an Inter shirt, with 119 goals in 210 appearances for Inter.

Icardi's hesitance on signing a new deal is born from his desire to play at the highest level, competing for trophies.

Chelsea have been linked with the forward and could be in the market for a striker this summer depending on the performances of Gonzalo Higuain in the second half of the season.

One particular bugbear has been Icardi and Nara's apparent sustained courtship of Real Madrid, with the Argentine a regular visitor to the Spanish capital and a guest at the Bernabeu for December's Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Wanda has previously explained that her husband remains committed to Inter but was not in any rush to extend his stay in Milan.

"I would like Mauro to be more protected by the team".