Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi’s agent and wife, Wanda Nara, claims that the forward has no intention of leaving San Siro at the end of the campaign while admitting her husband is devastated after losing the captain’s armband. 

The Argentinian was stripped of his responsibilities replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic on Wednesday amid uncertainty over his future at San Siro. Icardi was then left out for Inter’s Europa League last-32 trip to Rapid Vienna, while he also missed Sunday’s 2-1 Serie A win over Sampdoria. 

Nara, talking to Mediaset program ‘Tiki Taka’, talked explicitly about the future of the player, revealing the armband’s importance to the striker.  

“Some say the armband is meaningless, but for Mauro it’s like taking away a leg more than an arm. He wears that jersey with such pride and if there were decisions to be made in the past about money or love of the shirt, he always chooses the shirt,” she said, as quoted by ​FourFourTwo.

“I had no warning at all. I am always in contact with Inter, I have them on speed dial, but I only found out about the decision to revoke his captaincy on Twitter. I had a three-hour meeting with people very high up in the club and they never told me anything about it.”

“Mauro scored 120 goals with this jersey and when nobody believed, he was the first to pick up the ball and call everyone forward, because he believes in this team. We are a family of Interisti, whether he is on the field or not.”

“Inter are my family, so when the incident happened with the rock, the first people I called were Inter. Mauro was asleep, as he had training in the afternoon, so I didn’t know who else to call. We are here in Milan because of Inter,” she concluded.

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