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Thursday October 17 2019
If only Napoli had Icardi

Napoli’s struggle to break down defensive teams just intensifies the regret at missing out on Mauro Icardi, writes Emmet Gates.

Whilst not in full-blown crisis mode, there are murmurs of discontent surrounding Napoli at present. Failing to find the back of the net in three of their last four games has not gone unnoticed. To make matters worse, all of those fixtures were eminently winnable. Cagliari, Genk and Torino are all teams Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be brushing aside if they are to have serious aspirations of winning something this season.

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Wednesday October 16 2019
Lopez ends Icardi feud

Maxi Lopez confirms he has “forgiven” ex-Sampdoria teammate Mauro Icardi after the pair’s public feud over Wanda Nara.

Icardi had an affair with Wanda while she was married to Lopez and they were colleagues at Samp, but the former Milan striker assured there was no longer any bad blood between him and his fellow Argentines.

“I chose to be happy and made a lifestyle choice. Things can go well or badly,” he told Club 947.

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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.

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Tuesday October 15 2019
Menotti: 'Sarri is my heir'

Former Argentina Coach Cesar Luis Menotti said Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri “could be my heir” in promoting the beautiful game. “Football is an art form.”

The man who won the 1978 World Cup turns 81 next month and spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the sport in 2019.

“I am always seeking beauty in football,” said El Flaco. “Sarri at Juve is a big surprise. He could be my heir, I’d be honoured and grateful.

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Monday October 7 2019
Wanda: Inter missed Icardi!

Wanda Nara has claimed that Inter missed Mauro Icardi during the Derby d’Italia. “He’s scored eight goals in 11 matches against Juventus.”

Icardi is known for his prolific record against Juve, but the Argentine was replaced by Romelu Lukaku over the summer and has since taken up residence at Paris Saint-Germain.

“We watched Inter-Juventus, of course,” Wanda told Tiki Taka.

“In the first half, it seemed that Inter needed to do more.”

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Saturday October 5 2019
The Juventification of Inter

While Beppe Marotta and Antonio Conte bring the Juventus blueprint, Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall also harks back to Inter’s past.

Hiring Giuseppe Marotta after he was ousted by Juventus at the end of seven consecutive Serie A titles was a shock move for Inter. Adding former Bianconeri Coach Antonio Conte confirmed the Nerazzurri had decided if they couldn’t beat them, they’d hire’em, or at least the people who laid the foundations for the juggernaut we see today.

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Friday October 4 2019
Lautaro: Inter have new mentality

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez has hailed Antonio Conte for giving the club “a different mentality”.

Martinez has grown into a first-choice attacker for Inter under Conte and scored during their 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“At the end of the game, Messi gave me his shirt and I was happy about that because it’s now at home,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday October 2 2019
Only PSG on Icardi's mind

Inter loanee Mauro Icardi made it clear only Paris Saint-Germain were on his mind after his first goal. “I’m very happy, it’s easy with players of this quality.”

Icardi missed PSG’s last three Ligue 1 games through injury but battled back to score the winner against Galatasaray in a 1-0 Champions League victory last night.

“I’m very happy with how the team are playing,” the striker said after the game.

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Tuesday September 24 2019
'People don't know the real Icardi'

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe claims people have the wrong impression of Mauro Icardi. “He’s giving everything for the shirt.”

Questions were asked of Icardi’s character after he let agent-wife Wanda Nara openly discuss his future, before going on self-imposed exile in response to being stripped of Inter’s captaincy.

The striker has since joined PSG on loan with option to buy, and Mbappe is already a big fan of his new teammate.

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Sunday September 22 2019
Icardi: 'At PSG to win trophies'

Mauro Icardi said he left Inter for Paris Saint-Germain because “the time had come for me to join a winning club, one that could win titles.”

The striker finally completed his move to PSG on deadline day, on loan with option to buy for a reported €65m, after months of tension at San Siro.

“I came here to play,” Icardi told Canal Plus in France.

“If you arrive with an option to buy, you know the player has to give his best to ensure the club decides to purchase him outright. We’ll see what happens next summer.

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