Premier League target staying put at Inter Milan

Date published: Friday 15th April 2016 8:34

Mauro Icardi: Not for sale according to De Boer

Mauro Icardi: Not for sale according to De Boer

Inter striker Mauro Icardi has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

The Argentine international, who has scored 14 Serie A goals this term, has been rumoured to be a target for  Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, but the 23-year-old has ruled out a move at the end of the season and wants to stay at the San Siro.

“It’s the same story every year. Every year I read that I am leaving Inter,” Icardi told Corriere della Sera. “But I am happy here. I enjoy being Inter captain, being the club’s striker and to score goals here.

“Of course, I want to win trophies, but I want to do it here at Inter, like so many did before me.

“Next year we will be gunning for the Serie A title and to qualify for the Champions League.”

Icardi also revealed his admiration for two of his former idols and hailed two of his fellow countrymen.

“When I was little, [Gabriel] Batistuta was my idol,” added former Sampdoria striker Icardi.

“Then I joined Barcelona and I really liked [Samuel] Eto’o. He always popped up in the right positions in the area.

“I also enjoy watching [Paulo] Dybala. The way he moves in between the lines and is moving behind the striker.

“I envy [Gonzalo] Higuain for his fine form this season, scoring a goal a game. But we are quite similar types of players.”

Icardi, who has one cap, signed a new four-year deal at the San Siro last June and was rewarded with the captain’s armband at the club in a clear statement of intent that Inter plan to build their team around the player.

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