The wife and agent of Mauro Icardi says that Inter Milan stripped the striker of the captaincy to force him out of the club.
The controversial striker made a shock loan move to Paris Saint-Germain on the final day of the European transfer deadline with the Ligue 1 club holding an option to buy the Argentina forward.
His partner Wanda Nara has spoken about the loan and denied the striker has fallen out of love with Inter of the clubs’ fans, despite having the captaincy taken from him.
In an interview Corriere Della Sera, Nara stressed that Icardi’s move to the French side “isn’t a divorce” with Inter.
“It’s not a divorce, Mauro and Inter are like boyfriends who are taking a break for reflection. His desire to play for Inter and the love for the fans remain,” she said.
“As captain, Mauro would never have left the club, it was a strategy to sell it. Why was the armband removed? They wanted to sell. Last year, he refused to leave the team, he said ‘I am the captain’. There, relationships broke, they had another idea.”
Wanda also revealed that Icardi could have ended up at Juventus last summer, when a deal including Higuain was proposed.
“To Juventus for Higuain and €50m? I won’t mention team names, but the other player came to Milan, but not to Inter. If Mauro had been more clear, things would have been different,” she added.
La Repubblica claimed that Inter have tried to offer both Ivan Perisic and Icardi as part of the deal to sign Romelu Lukaku in the summer. Icardi however is understood to have been unwilling to consider a move to Manchester United and wanted to stay in Serie A.