As if the saga surrounding Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi couldn’t get any stranger.
On top of his losing the captaincy and not wanting to play, the latest chapter surrounds the injury he claims to have.
In a statement posted today by the club, they confirm Icardi’s scans appeared to be normal.
“Mauro Icardi underwent magnetic resonance this morning at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas of Rozzano because of painful symptoms before the right knee,” the statement said. “The assessments did not show significant variations compared to the examinations carried out before the start of the current sports season.”
Well, that is certainly interesting.
Icardi’s reason for not playing against Sampdoria over the weekend was because of a knee injury. But, the club says there is no evidence suggesting that.
I understand that MRIs don’t necessarily pick up everything and I don’t think the expectation was that it would find something catastrophic, but nothing … really???
On top of all that, Inter manager Luciano Spalletti kind of called Icardi out following the 2-1 win over Sampdoria last weekend at the Giuseppe Meazza. Icardi was in the stands with his wife, but didn’t make it back to the dressing room to celebrate with the rest of the team.
“I really appreciated that he was in the stadium and I would’ve appreciated it even more if he had come to the dressing room to celebrate with us afterwards, because it was a very important victory for the team and he is part of this group, so I imagine he was as happy with the win as we were,” Spalletti said, as quoted by FOX Sports.
Yesterday, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta said the team was working on a new contract for the striker that would increase his wages to around €7 million per season and run through 2024 – his current deal is through 2021.
All of this just adds to the mounting issues between Icardi, his wife/agent Wanda Nara and the club … not to mention the rest of the team as it has been reported Icardi isn’t even eating with the rest of the team during training.
It is just me or is everyone else just hoping this distraction goes away soon? By that I don’t necessarily mean that Icardi goes, but these issues have to come to a stop. Inter is far from safety in its race for a Champions League spot next season and, even as they battle for Europa League glory, it needs to be an all-hands-on-deck situation … that means Icardi too.
Sign the deal, don’t sign the deal, I really couldn’t care less at this point. Getting on the field and being a productive member of this team is what I care about.
And, Icardi should too.
What do you think? Post your comments below!