Mauro Icardi has been told that he will not be reinstated as Inter Milan captain, according to reports in Italy.
Icardi was stripped of the captaincy at San Siro earlier this month, with long-serving goalkeeper Samir Handanovic given the armband instead.
The prolific striker has not featured for Inter since – due to a knee problem – and speculation about a summer move away from the Nerazzuri is rising.
Now, Goal Italia report that the decision to take the captaincy away from Icardi will not be a temporary one, and that Handanovic will remain in the role even when the Argentine returns to the field.
The report points out that Icardi is running out of allies at Inter, with only four of his teammates liking an Instagram post from the club’s official account wishing him a happy birthday yesterday.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United, while Chelsea and Real Madrid are also said to be interested. However, the latter’s interest appears to have cooled recently, with the club reluctant to deal with Icardi’s wife and agent, Wanda Nara.
Recent reports indicated that Old Trafford could be Icardi’s most likely destination, with Inter keen on a swap deal that would see Romelu Lukaku head to Italy.
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