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Inter is Icardi's future - Spalletti responds to rumours of Real Madrid interest

Published:Saturday | November 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti is confident that in-form Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi could stay at the club for life.

Icardi reportedly remains a major target for some of Europe's most powerful clubs with the likes of Real Madrid constantly being linked with the player.

Spanish outlet Marca reported earlier in this week that Madrid were looking at Icardi as a replacement for Karim Benzema.

"Who doesn't want Icardi? If you ask me, everyone wants him," Spalletti said at a press conference yesterday ahead of today's trip to Cagliari.

"I see him totally in love with Inter. When I talk to him, I can sense it: the city, teammates, club, fans... he's attached to them all in a very strong way. I'm extremely convinced that he could stay at Inter forever."

Inter remain unbeaten after 13 games, with the side just two points behind Napoli in second place, with Spalletti pointing to an improved mental approach as a main reason for the team's positive start to the season.

"Our results depend on the mentality that we're applying to get results," he explained.

"I'm happy with the team, but we still have room for growth. We're unbeaten but we have to ask, why haven't we always won?

"Gap between us and the big teams? For now, there isn't one anymore, but we have to keep doing what's been done already.

"Every time we play, we have to start afresh and show our quality on the pitch. We must play without respite, that's become our motto."