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.”

Stefan de Vrij honoured to play for Inter Milan

Netherlands international Stefan de Vrij has expressed his honour to wear the Inter Milan shirt during the current campaign. The Dutchman made the Bosman move from Lazio at the conclusion of the previous season and he has since cemented a regular role at the heart of the club’s defence alongside Milan Skriniar.

Speaking in an interview on the club’s official website, De Vrij revealed his former experience while visiting the San Siro as the opposition while saying that he is proud to wear the club’s colours, he quipped: “When you came to San Siro as an opponent it was almost like an episode of Westworld, really.

Samir Handanovic believes Inter Milan’s draw versus Barcelona will help them improve

Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic believes the club’s recent Champions League draw against Barcelona will help them improve further. The Nerazzurri managed a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate against the Blaugrana in midweek and this puts them in a strong position to reach the round of 16 with two games left to play.

Speaking after the encounter, Handanovic acknowledged that he had make an error of judgement in the lead up to the Blaugrana’s equaliser but such moments should only help the team to improve as they seek to reach the heights of their olden days, he said: “I made a mistake on their goal, I wasn't in the right position even if the ball went by three players. Barcelona played better than we did, in the first half above all but we could have shown something extra. Such matches will make us improve so that's a good thing. After our equaliser, the support from San Siro made me think that we could go on and win it like against Tottenham.”

Milan Skriniar’s agent responds to Slovakian’s future with Inter Milan

The representative of Milan Skriniar has revealed that discussions are underway to commit his client to a new long-term contract with Inter Milan. The Slovakia international only joined the Nerazzurri from Sampdoria last year but he has since been hugely influential at the heart of the club’s defence, making over 50 appearances across all competitions.

In an interview covered by The Star, agent KarolCsonto said that the versatile defender is content with the proceedings at San Siro and talks are likely to proceed in the forthcoming months regarding a contract extension with the club, he said:“We're talking about it. We're working on it. It's a subject we'll be facing more intensively over the next few months.

Have Inter Finally Turned A Corner?

Despite breaking even in the summer transfer market, it was widely acknowledged that Inter had done some great business. The players that were brought in were more suited to the system and philosophy of Luciano Spalletti than those who left, and it was just a matter of time before that would bear fruit on the pitch.

However, the season did not start too well. One win from their first four league matches left the Milan club languishing in the lower half of the table. And two late goals in the Champions League win over Tottenham Hotspur glossed over what was an unconvincing performance overall.

Luciano Spalletti Warns Inter Milan of Complacency Ahead of SPAL Match

Luciano Spalletti has warned his Inter Milan players about potential complacency when they take on SPAL this weekend. After an inconsistent start to the campaign, Inter Milan are starting to go on a winning run that has seen them signify consecutive wins since the last international break. Inter are now going for a sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to the Stadio Paolo Mazza this weekend. A crucial element that would help Inter Milan in this game would be the form of players like Icardi, who had a difficult start to the season but is now back in the goals.

Even then, there could be potential complacency from Inter Milan ahead of taking on a team expected to fight against relegation this season. SPAL have had some decent results at the Stadio Paolo Mazza so far this season and Luciano Spalletti is worried that his players may become complacent given the vast differences between the two clubs in terms of league table. So far, inter have come close to dropping points against the likes of Cagliari while they have also lost against the likes of Sassuolo and Parma. Such results are more than sufficient to warn the team about complacency, according to Luciano Spalletti. The 59-year-old has been at Inter for just over a year.

Tottenham Hotspur boss admits disappointment with Kane after Inter Milan defeat

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted a sense of disappointment after Harry Kane failed to take the opportunities on offer against Inter Milan. The England international had come into the game on the back of a four-match scoreless run for club and country and things did not improve for himon Tuesday night where Spurs succumbed to a 2-1 Champions League defeat to the Nerazzurri.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Yes, I am disappointed because he had big chances to score in the first half. I was talking to Javier Zanetti, who is a very good friend of mine, and he said if he scores in the first half, we are talking a different game. We need to build, like the team, his confidence, but I am so happy with the effort and the attitude is massive.”

Inter Milan director dismisses Luka Modric speculation

Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has decided to avoid discussing on the club’s supposed approach for Luka Modric during the summer transfer window. The Croatia international had been heavily linked with the Nerazzurri shortly after the World Cup but they could not push through a deal with Real Madrid.

Since then, Los Blancos have complained Inter Milan to FIFA regarding an illegal approach and the Serie A outfit have likewise confirmed legal action against La Liga president Javier Tebas, who happened to criticise the club’s approach for Modric in public. Amidst this, Ausilio was questioned regarding the same to which he replied: "Who [when asked about Modric]? Let's talk about the game. We're happy with the team we put together, as we tried to improve it and bring in elements we were missing, particularly in terms of experience and alternatives in attack to make us more unpredictable. I think the Inter squad is now complete."

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