The agent and wife of Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi suggested that “personal issues” may be the cause behind Ivan Perisic’s surprise decision to leave.
After playing a starring role for Croatia on route to the World Cup final last summer, Perisic was strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United.
But the 29-year-old remained at Inter and has since gone on to feature in 18 of their 21 Serie A games this season as the Nerazzurri look to seal a top-four spot for the second season in a row.
Amid rumours linking him to Arsenal, however, Perisic was left as an unused substitute as Inter lost 1-0 to Torino on Sunday after it was confirmed he’s handed in a transfer request.
When asked about this speculation surrounding Perisic, Nara gave her take on the winger’s future and praised new Inter director Guiseppe Marotta for the way he’s handled things.
“I don’t think any player should be too focused on the work of his agent, as he has to remain concentrated on the game anyway,” Nara told Tiki Taka.
“No player wants to lose, even if he is eager to leave. Perhaps he wants to go elsewhere because of personal issues.”
“I do like Marotta, as he seems an honest person and he proved that with the way he discussed the Perisic situation.
“He is what we need in this world, as there is so much hypocrisy in football. He tells you the truth to your face and we’re not accustomed to that in this business.”
Nara then went on to reveal that contract talks between Icardi and Inter have taken a positive turn lately.
“We haven’t talked about the figures yet, because Inter have other priorities right now,” she said.
“Mauro is the captain, he always says he wants to leave the spotlight and focus on helping the team.”