Saturday July 6 2019
'Icardi and Nainggolan not in Inter plans'

Inter director Beppe Marotta confirms “Mauro Icardi and Radja Nainggolan know full well they are not part of our plans, with all due respect.”

The Nerazzurri are completely revamping the squad under new Coach Antonio Conte and he is ruthless with two of their highest earners.

“When building a project, you have to find the right profiles,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

“We had the opportunity to speak to the players themselves, with full respect for their contractual situations, but explained the position of the club, which I think is the most important thing.

“Both players know full well they are not part of our plans. That doesn’t mean we doubt their talent or capabilities, as I consider them to be two excellent players.

“Talent can win you games, but the squad wins you the league, which is the main objective we are setting out for. They are not part of our project, with all due respect.”

However, Marotta denied Icardi could sue the club for ‘mobbing’ or bullying in the workplace, as he won’t be excluded from training.

“It’s one thing to say Icardi is on the market, which we have already confirmed, but quite another to respect contractual obligations. There is an agreement in the contract that the player must be allowed to take part in training and we have no intention of denying him that right.

“After that, the Coach is the one that will choose the line-up.”

Icardi has been most heavily linked with Juventus and Napoli, with a price-tag of €60m.