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Cassano says Icardi doesn’t work for Inter

GENOA, ITALY - APRIL 03: Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale celebrates after penalty 0-2 during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and FC Internazionale at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 3, 2019 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
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The former Italy striker has criticized the Argentina national team footballer because he is not contributing enough to the club.

Argentina international and Internazionale Milan footballer Mauro Icardi has been under the spotlight the whole season.

He hasn’t been delivering the great performances everybody expects from him, and he also had a big feud with the team’s directors, who stripped him of the captaincy and left him out of the squad for a while.

“Inter plays with a 4-2-3-1, which means having only one striker: Icardi cannot play with Lautaro Martinez,” Cassano was quoted by Calcio Mercato.

“If it was up to [Luciano] Spalletti, he would play Martinez because he prefers strikers who play for the team.”

“Lautaro’s done very well, he’s 20 and he has to play because he’s better than Mauro,” he added.

“Icardi just scores and that’s it. If he doesn’t score, he offers nothing else.”

He explained: “Spalletti prefers strikers like [Edin] Dzeko, [Karim] Benzema and [Robert] Lewandowski. Icardi is like [Pippo] Inzaghi in that if he doesn’t score, he does nothing else.”

“I think Spalletti prefers a player like Lautaro. He wouldn’t even play someone like [Krzysztof] Piatek.”

“There are players who score goals and others who score goals and also played for the team,” Cassano concluded.

Icardi joined Inter Milan in 2013 after only one season with Sampdoria. The footballer has over 200 games played with Internazionale, scoring more than 120 goals.

The 2018-2019 season has been the worst season of his career so far.