Inter Milan have announced that striker Mauro Icardi has agreed to terms on a new deal with the club through June 2019. The Argentina striker has pledged his future to Inter by agreeing a new four-year contract at San Siro. The extended contract has swept away all of the speculations related to his move from Milan to Premier League side. It is reported that the host of Premier League clubs, particularly Chelsea, have been dealt a blow after Mauro Icardi committed his long-term future to his current club.
The Argentine striker tied Luca Toni for the Serie A lead in goals scored during the 2014-15 campaign. Despite interest from clubs across Europe including Atletico Madrid, Icardi’s agent had said as recently as Wednesday that the 22-year-old wanted to stay with Inter.Icardi, whose 22 league goals saw him scoop the Golden Boot in Serie A last season, has pledged his future to the Nerazzurri.
“All players want to be in the Champions League, but I’m happy here at Inter,” Icardi told the club’s official website. “I hope I can qualify for that competition next year with a great Nerazzurri side,” he said after scoring twice Sunday’s season-ending 4-3 win over Empoli.
The news comes as somewhat of a surprise given Inter’s disappointing campaign which saw them fail to qualify for European football, with many tipping the 22-year-old to move onto a Champions League club. He joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2013. Given the modest return of nine goals from his first season withNerazzurri, Icardi has surprised himself by how well his career has progressed in the past 12 months, but believes his best years lie in front of him.
The former Sampdoria striker’s previous deal was due to expire in June 2018, but Roberto Mancini has convinced him to renew his contract. “In terms of my contract, I want to stay, everyone knows that. Now there just needs to be an agreement with the club. It will take time because we’re still talking but I’m optimistic,” added Icardi.
Icardi’s two goals in Inter’s 4-3 victory over Empoli were enough for him to join Verona’s Luca Toni as Serie A’s joint-top scorer with 22 goals apiece.
“I didn’t expect to do so well this season, so I’m delighted,” he added. “I’m sure that with the boss (Roberto Mancini) we’ll succeed. We’ve been working well for a good five or six months now, and we’ll get better in pre-season.”