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Di Canio: ‘Undisciplined’ Icardi & PSG perfect for each other

Mauro Icardi, Inter Milan
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Paolo Di Canio reckons Mauro Icardi and Paris Saint-Germain are a match made in heaven as the club are a perfect fit for “undisciplined players”.

After new Inter manager Antonio Conte froze him out of the first-team picture, Icardi completed a deadline day transfer to PSG.

The Argentine has signed up on a season-long loan deal with the Ligue 1 champions. Should things work out in France, PSG can turn the agreement into a permanent one for a reported €70m.

It finally put an end to the Icardi transfer saga, which first started in February when Inter stripped him of the captaincy.

Reports in the Italian press had strongly linked Icardi with summer moves to Juventus and Napoli. However, they never materialised with neither club confirming any interest in the striker.

Now Di Canio has hit out at Icardi and insists the PSG move comes as no surprise to him.

“Why did [head coach] Carlo Ancelotti want someone like Icardi at Napoli?” the ex-Juventus and Napoli striker told Il Mattino.

“Someone unable to apologise to his team-mates for the words of his wife-agent?

“Besides which, Maurito only scores goals from crosses at the byline. For the rest, he is incapable of anything a modern striker should be able to do.

“I am not remotely surprised he went to Paris Saint-Germain, the natural home of undisciplined players.”

Icardi scored 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter following his €13m transfer from Sampdoria in 2013.

The 26-year-old is also the Serie A’s eighth-highest scorer in history after finding the back of the net 121 times in 219 games. So, PSG will probably hope for more of the same from their new signing.

He, in fact, could make his Ligue 1 debut against Strasbourg on Saturday for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Paolo Di Canio, Italy
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Paolo Di Canio, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Fulham at the Stadium of Light on August 17, 2013 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)