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Inter Milan leave out Mauro Icardi from Asia tour

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Inter Milan have confirmed that Mauro Icardi will not be among the squad members for their Asia tour after being told his time at the club is up.

Five months after he was stripped of Inter’s captaincy, Icardi discovered he no longer has a future at the San Siro last week and now needs to find a new club this summer.

New Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte allegedly wants to sell him to build up the required funds to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. Although a stay in Italy could be on the table for Icardi given Juventus and Napoli’s interest.

Now, Inter have announced that the Argentina international will return from the team’s training camp in Switzerland. While no reason was given, it could be a potential indication that the striker is close to leaving.

“Mauro Icardi will today return to Milan from our training camp in Lugano. The club and the striker have come to this decision by mutual agreement,” read a statement.

“Icardi will continue his pre-season training over the next few days and will take no part in our summer Tour in Asia.”

Icardi has scored 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter since his €13m arrival from fellow Italian club Sampdoria in 2013.

However, the 26-year-old’s failure to agree on a new contract with the Serie A giants ultimately cost him both the captaincy and his spot in the team.

Now, Conte’s side will return their focus back to preparing for a friendly against Swiss team Lugano on Sunday evening.

Inter will then head out to Singapore to meet Manchester United in their opening International Champions Cup (ICC) fixture on July 20. They will meet rivals Juventus in China four days later before taking on Paris Saint-Germain for their final ICC fixture.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 31: Mauro Emanuel Icardi and Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale react after Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio scored the opening goal during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)