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Careca: “If Icardi won’t join Napoli, he can go to hell”

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Napoli legend Careca doesn’t understand why the club are bothering to wait for Mauro Icardi’s answer, and claims he “can go to hell” if he says no.

Careca’s frustration over Napoli’s latest stance comes following their reported decision to give Icardi until Thursday to respond to their latest offer. Apparently, the Partenopei have offered him a five-year deal worth €7.5m per season.

Inter Milan, on the other hand, will bank an alleged €65m as part of the agreement to sell Icardi.

Latest reports in the Italian press, however, claim the Argentine striker is holding out for Juventus instead. While he hasn’t officially rejected any offers from Napoli yet, a Turin move is very much his top target.

“Are we really still waiting for his answer? If he doesn’t want to come, he can go to hell,” Careca told Il Mattino.

“Has he understood what Napoli are about, what the San Paolo [stadium] is, who the Azzurri fans are?

“Does he realise that scoring goals with that shirt isn’t worth the world? If he doesn’t want to come, it’s better if he doesn’t.

“If I was at Napoli, I wouldn’t even waste another second on him.”

Careca, who famously starred alongside Diego Maradona at Napoli, knows a thing or two about scoring goals for the club. In fact, he ended up firing in 96 goals in 222 appearances to help them win three trophies in the Serie A, UEFA Cup and Supercoppa Italiana.

The 58-year-old Brazilian is, therefore, ideally placed to advise Napoli on who should lead their attack if Icardi doesn’t join.

And it seems that Arkadiusz Milik is the man they can rely on to bag 30 goals for this season.

“Napoli already have a good No 9 in Milik, who can reach 30 goals,” added Careca.

“He has good positioning, he finishes well and moves with substance. He has everything that’s needed in a centre-forward.”

NAPLES, ITALY – MARCH 17: Arkadiusz Milik and Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli celebrate the 3-2 goal scored by Arkadiusz Milik during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Udinese at Stadio San Paolo on March 17, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)