Sampdoria revelation Mauro Icardi has confirmed that he wants an international future with Argentina and not Italy.
Icardi, 19, was born in the South American country but has the necessary paperwork to qualify for Azzurri selection.
Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has admitted that the striker was a player he was keeping an eye on, but Icardi has rejected the option of wearing the blue jersey.
“I’m very grateful to Italian football for the opportunity it has given me,” the youngster told Il Secolo XIX.
“I’d also like to thank Prandelli for the nice words he expressed about me, but I have to be honest and sincere.
“I’m Argentine, I feel Argentine and I’ve always dreamed of wearing the shirt of my nation. To actually do that would be the maximum for me.”
Icardi, wanted by Inter and Napoli, has eight goals in 19 Serie A games so far this season.