Beppe Marotta was interviewed by Sky Sport prior to Inter’s 2-0 victory over SPAL this afternoon. Inevitably, the Nerazzurri’s CEO sport was asked about Mauro Icardi’s future at the club, with the Argentine refusing to train despite being given the all-clear by medical staff at Appiano Gentile. Here is what the former Sampdoria and Juventus transfer guru had to say on the matter:
“We’re very optimistic that the situation will be resolved for the better. It’s only right that the club maintains an intransigent attitude, although we remain a family governed by common sense. This is also thanks to the contributions of Steven Zhang and the coach. We can manage our matters internally with a certain peace of mind. Daily life at Inter continues, there are many other events and issues that we must concern ourselves with. This is normal in football and I’ve seen a lot of it over my career. We must remain calm and manage things rationally. It would be a great failure if we have to go through legal means.
“Icardi available for the Derby Milano? His absence over the past few weeks means that he’s not at full fitness, however, these are things that the coach will eventually consider. Spalletti? We’re close, not because he needs to receive special attention from us, but rather because this must always be the case at a club. We are one. We have one single goal and we want to achieve it together. We head out onto the pitch looking to transmit all of our components and a desire to win.”
The very fact that Marotta was asked about the possibility of suing Icardi and his entourage for damages is proof that things have gone too far. Indeed, the relationship between club and player is now verging on irreparable. There is simply no way the Argentine can remain an Inter player beyond this summer’s transfer window. It will be very interesting to see what kind of fee the club can negotiate his departure for, as there is no doubt his value has depreciated over the course of the past few weeks.
Irrespective of whether he makes an appearance between now and the end of the season, the damage has already been done and the fans will never forgive him for putting his own interests first and showing a blatant disregard for the club and millions of fans across the world. Marotta and his colleagues at boardroom level are correct not to make any hasty decisions, leaving the ball in Icardi’s court should he wish to attempt to put things right with his teammates, fans and the powers that be. Unless something drastic happens soon, the Argentine will be leaving through the back door, which now seems like the best solution for all concerned.
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