Icardi stripped of Inter Milan captaincy


Former AC Milan coach Fabio Capello supports Inter Milan's decision to sack Mauro Icardi as captain.

Icardi, 25, has captained the Serie A side since the start of the 2015/16 season but has now been replaced by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, the club announced on Wednesday.

That transfer did not happen as Inter rejected Arsenal's loan approach, but Nara's suggestion "personal issues" were behind the forward's desire to leave prompted the club to name Samir Handanovic as their new club captain.

Despite remaining under contract at the club until 2021, Icardi's future has been the subject of a huge amount of speculation this season - with his wife and agent Wanda Nara notoriously unpredictable in her dealings with the club.

After being informed that he'd been stripped of the armband, Icardi decided that he did not want to travel to Austria for Inter's Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

Icardi, valued at 100 million euros ($113 million), has been linked with a move away from Italy to Spanish giants Real Madrid or Chelsea in England.

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"It was a hard decision but it was supported by everyone at the club and made for the good of Inter as well as the team".

It is understood that the decision was a mutual one between the Serie A club and manager Luciano Spalletti. He has not scored in the league since mid-December - a run of eight games without finding the back of the net.

A native of Rosario, Icardi joined the club in 2013 from Sampdoria.

The Argentine striker who is on a seven-game goal-dought has reportedly been at loggerheads with the club's hierarchy over a new contract, amidst interest from Europe's elite.

"There are clearly things going on around Icardi which need to be sorted out", Spalletti said.

"There are some very important clubs interested in signing him".