“All my sacrifices were made for the love of these colours, while respecting everyone. I don’t know if, at this time, there is love and respect towards Inter and I on the part of those who make decisions. I don’t know if there’s the desire on the part of someone to act and resolve things only and exclusively for Inter’s sake. Many things can happen in a family, good or bad. And out of love, one can stand for a lot of things. But respect must never be lacking. These are my values, these are the values for which I’ve always fought. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”
Those were the words of Mauro Icardi, who took to social media on Thursday in order to present an open letter which came across as an attack on coach Luciano Spalletti and CEO sport Beppe Marotta. Indeed, according to the latest reports from Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, there is a growing sense that the Argentine no longer trusts the aforementioned duo, hence he is waiting for president Steven Zhang to fly in for the Derby della Madonnina so he can discuss the situation directly with him.
Indeed, the standoff between the Inter hierarchy and Icardi is showing no signs of coming to an end. They insist that MI9 must apologise to his teammates before anything can be resolved, while his agent-wife Wanda Nara is adamant that he has “done nothing wrong and has nothing to apologise for.” Something will have to give eventually, as it would be nothing short of disastrous for the club if the team’s efforts to qualify for the UEFA Champions League continue to be undermined by their former captain.
Last night’s dismal 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cagliari was the fifth consecutive match in which the Nerazzurri have taken to the pitch without Icardi. In the immediate aftermath, Lautaro Martínez was questioned on whether the matter is beginning to take its toll on the rest of the team: “Mauro is very important for us, but we can’t do anything about it, so it’s up to him to resolve his problems. All we can do is wait and try to win.” While the official line from the club is that MI9 is out with a knee injury, Lautaro’s answer appeared to confirm it is the ongoing row with the powers that be that is behind his absence.
There is no doubt that tensions within the camp have reached boiling point, despite what Marotta and his colleagues may be saying in public. The longer the issue rumbles on, the more difficult it will be to reach a positive outcome. Truth be told, it seems like both parties are now content simply to run the clock down until the summer when it is likely that Icardi will be able to engineer a move, with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid interested in securing his services.
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