Wednesday October 16 2019
Icardi: No Inter bitterness

Mauro Icardi insists “I can only wish the best for Inter in every competition” and expects Romelu Lukaku to “settle in and score so many goals.”

Icardi moved on loan to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, having been frozen out by new boss Antonio Conte, but the striker made it clear he felt no resentment towards his parent club.

“I didn’t expect so much support from the fans,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“They welcomed me right from my first warm-up at Parc des Princes. I then had the good fortune of playing right away against Real Madrid, before picking up a slight injury.

“I’m fine now, I’ve got going again, even if I have to keep working because I had a complicated summer and I wasn’t 100 percent when I arrived in Paris.

“If PSG were to face Inter, I’d live it in the best way. If it was up to me, I’d go out as a professional and give my best to defend my new shirt.

“I’m at PSG this season and my objective is to give my best for this shirt. Then, at the end of the season, around May or June time, we’ll see what happens. It’s still too early to say anything.

“I can only wish the best for Inter in every competition. I still have many friends in Milan. With Conte, it can be a good year for the Scudetto.”

Lukaku replaced the Argentine as the Nerazzurri’s No 9 and started strongly with three goals in his first four Serie A games.

However, he failed to score against Slavia Prague in the Champions League and has since gone three matches without finding the net.

“I don’t think Lukaku is experiencing any problems. Indeed, I think he started well, scoring a couple of goals right away.

“He then got injured like me and maybe that brought about the usual criticism, but it’s not easy for anyone to play in Italy.

“He’ll settle in and score so many goals.”