Juventus chief speaks on Mauro Icardi speculation

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has said that the club are content with the striking options at hand for the forthcoming campaign. The Bianconeri have been regularly linked with a move for Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi this summer, but so far, there has been no breakthrough in terms of a transfer deal for the Argentine.

In a report covered by Calciomercato, Paratici refused to talk about the recent speculation linking the Bianconeri with Icardi and stated that the club have the centre-forward department covered with the presence of Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic, he said: ''Icardi? Right now he's an Inter player and we don't talk about it. We have Higuain and Mandzukic who are great attackers: I wouldn't talk about others, but about ours. We are happy with those we have."

Antonio Candreva speaks about the importance of the forthcoming season

Italy international Antonio Candreva has said that the Inter Milan players are working hard on pre-season and they can’t wait for the beginning of the new league campaign. The Nerazzurri have made the top four of the Serie A in each of the past two seasons and they are now aiming to make the next push and compete for the title.

Speaking to Inter TV, Candreva talked up the need to be well-prepared for the new campaign, he said: "Not long is left until this first phase of pre-season is over. We’re training hard in order to prepare well for the new season. We can’t wait to start, and we want to make sure that we’re ready because it’ll be a very important year for us."

Lukaku wants to make the move to Inter Milan, claims agent

The representative of Romelu Lukaku has acknowledged that the marksman remains keen on making the move to Inter Milan this summer. The 25-year-old has spent the past two seasons with Manchester United but his future has remained a discussion point with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not impressed with his mobility on the playing field.

Speaking to Goal.com, Lukaku’s agent acknowledged that the striker want to pursue a move to Inter, though the deal does not remain straightforward, he told the publication: "Lukaku is a dream, a difficult one to make happen as such, but I believe nothing is impossible. Yes [Inter are trying to sign Lukaku]. He's publicly expressed his plans and desires. We'll see what happens."

Massimo Carrera backs Antonio Conte to succeed at Inter Milan

Former Spartak Moscow boss Massimo Carrera has backed Antonio Conte to take over the reigns at Inter Milan and believes he would bring success for the Nerazzurri despite his Juventus background. The Italian has been out of duty since his dismissal at Chelsea last summer but he has been heavily touted to take up the managerial role at the San Siro giants.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Carrera, who was a former teammate of Conte at Juventus, said that Conte would stay 100 percent committed to the job at hand with the Nerazzurri despite his close association with the Serie A holders, he quipped: “This is a world made up of professionals. He would be Inter’s number 1 supporter, but it is normal that it would be like this. He is one of the best coaches in the world, he could give an important impression to the team.”

Milan Skriniar compares the forthcoming Juventus game to a derby

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar has said that the forthcoming game against Juventus can be considered as a derby as the club seek to maintain their push for the Champions League places. Inter are currently in the third position after 33 games played but they can’t rest on their laurels with just five points separating them from fifth-placed AS Roma.

Speaking to reporters, Skriniar indicated that the upcoming clash against Juventus will have the feeling of a derby, considering the club will be aiming to secure the maximum points, he said: “It is always an important game since we are fighting for the Champions League and above all this is a game against Juventus. It’s like a derby, a game with a lot of emotions and we have to enter the pitch with the objective to win.”

Antonio Conte remains Inter Milan’s top managerial target

Tuttomercato journalist Luca Marchetti has said that Antonio Conte has been earmarked as the prime managerial candidate for Inter Milan ahead of the forthcoming campaign. The Nerazzurri have endured a stop-start season under Luciano Spalletti this term, but they are still on course to finish in the top four with seven games remaining.

In a report covered by Tuttosport, Marchetti revealed that the Nerazzurri are the leading candidates to pursue the former Chelsea man, who is currently out of work. He added that the Italian’s former association with CEO Beppe Marotta at Juventus could prove advantageous in the attempt to pursue his signature, he said: “Inter is talked about a lot and surely the fact that Conte is free to decide what kind of project to embrace is an advantage for them. They have a double advantage over others if you consider that Marotta and him have already worked and won together.”

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco open to Europe return during the summer

Belgium international Yannick Ferreira Carrasco has acknowledged that he could make a comeback to European football in the summer, should the right offer come by. The attacker was linked with the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan, and Inter Milan during the winter transfer window but a deal failed to materialise with Dalian Yifang insistent on keeping hold of his services.

Speaking to reporters, Carrasco acknowledged that he was keen on making a European comeback at the turn of the year but that was not meant to be after Yifang snubbed the opportunity to sanction his sale. Nonetheless, he has not given up hope regarding the same and he is hoping of returning to his home continent in the summer, he said: “I would love to return to Europe. A lot of clubs were interested in me. We tried to find a solution in January that would enable me to leave Dalian Yifang. But I can understand the club's thinking. They wanted me to stay.”

Inter Milan boss reveals Mauro Icardi did not celebrate with players in the dressing room

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti has said that he was please to watch Mauro Icardi in the stands during the team’s 2-1 triumph over Sampdoria in the Serie A. The Nerazzurri recently stripped the striker from the captaincy amid the tension between him and the club’s hierarchy and he has since missed back-to-back matches, although the latter has been attributed to a minor knee problem sustained during the week.

Speaking after the game, Spalletti was pleased with the appearance of Icardi on the stands following what has happened with him and the club over the past week. However, the Italian was a little bit disappointed with the marksman following the triumph as he had expected him to join with his teammates for the celebration in the dressing room.

Luciano Spalletti insists Mauro Icardi should not be blamed for Inter Milan’s slump

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has said that Mauro Icardi should not be blamed for Inter Milan’s slump in form since the winter break. The Argentina international has failed to score in any of the previous six matches and this has partly contributed to the Nerazzurri going through a four-match winless run across all competitions.

Speaking in a press conference, Spalletti said that the Nerazzurri have lacked the cutting edge to their gameplay which has cost them in the past month. He added that Icardi cannot be solely blamed for the run of results, given every one within the squad has to contribute towards the club’s success through the campaign.

Ex-Inter Milan president believes Mauro Icardi should receive a higher salary

Former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti believes skipper Mauro Icardi should be on a higher wage package with the Nerazzurri after being one of their most consistent performers over the past few seasons. The Argentina international currently has a contract until the summer of 2021 but the club have recently sought to extend his deal with the means of increasing or potentially cancelling £96m release clause.

However, their efforts have gone to vain up to date with his representative rejecting the advances and Moratti feels the striker has the right to demand a better wage amid his exploits over the past five-and-a-half seasons, he said: “I think Icardi has the right to think about receiving a higher salary, but I also think the club have a strategy to make sure he stays at Inter. We have this story about Icardi’s contract extension every year. Would I have given him the €8-9 million Wanda is asking for if I were still president? I wouldn’t know how to compare the sums of money from the past and those of today.”

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