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Mauro Icardi stripped of Inter captaincy

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Argentina international, Mauro Icardi has been stripped of Inter captaincy, not only that, he has also been left out of squad list for their Europa League clash.

Inter have now named goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new club captain.

Icardi has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently, as talks over a new contract at San Siro continue to stall.

His and wife Wanda Nara has insisted that her husband will commit his future to Inter, but speculation is likely to be fueled after the club’s latest announcement.

Wanda has stated her belief that Icardi should be offered a much larger wage packet to reflect his standing in European football while also admitting that several top clubs from Spain, England and France have already expressed an interest in him.

Icardi is contracted to Inter until 2021, but with Madrid tipped to launch a large bid for his services during the next transfer window, it remains to be seen if he’ll still be a Nerazzurri player in the summer.

Luciano Spalletti’s side are currently sitting third in Serie A and a whopping 20 points behind leaders Juventus in the table after 23 matches.

Inter’s only hope of silverware this term now lies in the Europa League, with a round of 32 clash against Rapid Vienna to negotiate starting on Thursday.

The former Barcelona academy star is currently valued at around €90m (£79m/$102m) and is revered by supporters and experts as one of the best natural centre-forwards in the world.

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