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Icardi signs big Inter renewal

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Mauro Icardi

Inter have officially announced that Mauro Icardi has extended his contract until June 2021.

The striker's new deal had been known about for some time, with his wife and agent, Wanda, confirming yesterday that there is a EU110m release clause in the deal.

"FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached to extend Mauro Icardi's contract until 30 June, 2021," the Nerazzurri confirmed on their official website.

"The Argentina 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 games, giving him one of the highest goals per game ratios in Nerazzurri history.

"And there's a whole lot more still to come ... ."

The striker, who was sought after by several other top clubs in England, Italy and Spain before his extension, insists that he never thought of leaving.

"Was I close to leaving this summer?" Icardi considered. "No, I never thought about it. I was calm, I was happy, I was giving my all in training to start the season well. Now I want to continue like this and help the team win.

"I'm still young, and I can't promise I'll stay here for 20 years, but it would be an objective.

"I'm the captain, and I'm always tied to this team. It's an honour and a pleasure for me to commit to this club for a long time."

Icardi, who tops Serie A with 6 goals in seven games along with Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) and Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), was also asked about his relationship with coach Frank de Boer.

"The relationship with the coach is very good; we've talked a lot about how to improve and that's the starting point to build a great team.

"I think he's a great coach; you've seen how he's changed our style. We're doing things that will help us get better.

"The coach has a philosophy. He's just arrived, but we're taking it on board. We have great players. If we get them training and on the pitch, then we'll do great things.

"Inter, like last year, want to return to the Champions League.

"There are plenty of strikers better than me, but I'm happy with what I do for Inter. For a striker, it's goals that count, and I'm happy to get them."