We've all known this would happen, but it's always nice to get official confirmation. Today, that official confirmation arrived: Mauro Icardi has extended his contract with Inter, tying him to the Nerazzurri until 2021.
A club statement on Inter's website reads: "Internazionale is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached to extend Mauro Icardi's contract until 30 June 2021. The Argentine striker, born in Rosario on 19 February 1993, joined Inter from Sampdoria in the 2013/14 season. Since then he has scored 58 goals in 114 appearances, giving him one of the highest goals-per-game ratios in Nerazzurri history. And there's a whole lot more still to come..."
The second most important detail after the length of the extension is the insertion of a release clause, which is believed to be in the region of €110m - however, unlike the clause that was triggered in Gonzalo Higuain's contract during the summer, Icardi's release clause will only apply to overseas clubs. So Juventus can't just come in and make fools of us like they did of Napoli.
Speaking to Inter Channel, Mauro said: "I'm really happy to have signed a new contract because it's what I wanted. I wanted to stay at Inter and we came to an agreement with the club. I've never been worried about it, I've always got along with everyone around me."
This summer was a quite horrible mess, as Wanda Nara took a tour around every TV station and media outlet in Italy before entering into very public transfer negotiations with Napoli, but despite all of that you cannot deny that Icardi has responded magnificently on the pitch so far this season. He may well not stay until 2021, and he may not be in every Interista's good books after the drama of the last few months, but personally I'm happy we can put this all to bed now and move on. It's time to focus on the football, the whole football and nothing but the football, which Mauro Icardi happens to be fairly good at.