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Ausilio: Icardi won’t leave Inter for Real

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio claims the club will not lose Mauro Icardi, saying the striker would not leave Inter for Real Madrid

The 24-year-old attacker has been linked with Europe’s top teams in recent transfer windows due to his impressive performances, as Icardi has already scored 16 goals in 15 games so far this season. And even with Madrid said to be heavily interested, the Argentine opted to sign a new contract back in October 2016 which will probably keep him tied to the Serie A side until 2021.

“There is no need to convince him to commit further to Inter. His contract is long, and his commitment is clear, he is our captain and wants to win with this shirt. All this goes beyond the contracts and the clauses,” he told Domenica Sportiva.

“Real Madrid haven’t contacted us, but it would be their job to convince Mauro to leave a project like ours in which he is the protagonist. Also, a release clause is not a problem.”

The Serie A giants are leading the Italian top-flight for the first time in two years, following their 5-0 victory over Chievo during the weekend. To achieve their goal of winning the league title, Ausilio admitted Inter would rather sign than sell players.

“The group is our strength, everyone helps one another to work and they get on well together. This team could only be improved by the addition of a really great player, but I’ve not seen that they’ll be available in January,” Ausilio added.

“It’s nice to be top of the table but we need to be realistic. It’s been a good a journey so far but there’s a long way to go from here until the end of the season. Everyone is running out in front. We’re happy though and have no intention of coming down.”