Mauro ICARDI has put pen to paper on a new contract which would keep him at the club until 2021.
The Inter captain has extended his current deal and put to bed all the rumors of any possible transfer. He also gets an increase in his salary with ICARDI now earning a reported £5 million a year.
According to reports, ICARDI rejected interest from clubs such as Juventus, Real Madrid, Tottenham and PSG. His new buy-out clause is that of £99 million (€110m). Inter confirmed the deal on their website with the following statement:
“FC Internazionale is delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached to extend Mauro ICARDI’s contract until 30 June, 2021.
“The Argentina striker, born in Rosario on 19 February 1993, joined Inter from Sampdoria in the 2013-14 season.
“Since then he has scored 58 goals in 114 games, giving him one of the highest goals-per-game ratios in Nerazzurri history.
“And there’s a whole lot more still to come…”
ICARDI is certainly looking to cement a legacy at the club. Speaking to the media, his wife (who also serves as his agent) had some interesting comments revealing that Juventus tried to sign ICARDI at the last minute of the transfer window.
“I’ve earned Mauro much more money. We’ve put in clauses and new conditions. If a club want to buy him, they’ll have to pay the clause of €110m. We adjusted the contract and extended it for five years, which is the maximum possible.
“We’re all happy, Mauro wants to stay. The club are happy with the extension, they wanted to keep Mauro and Mauro wanted to stay.
The club, however, also respect my work, I had five clubs willing to put several million on a plate.
“I pointed out to (Inter director Piero AUSILIO) that there were many offers, so was Mauro meant to stay or go? He replied: ‘Then show me these offers.’ I was upset, as we had bought a house in Milan and he’s happy here.
“Seeing as AUSILIO wanted to see the offers, I brought him the proposals from PSG, Napoli and Juventus. There was also Tottenham, although they spoke directly with Piero.
“Mauro was on the verge of joining Real Madrid and Juventus sought him until two minutes before they secured Gonzalo HIGUAIN.
“AUSILIO and I argued throughout the entire negotiation process, but in the end we’re always friends again. He’s a great professional.
“I swear on my children that Mauro knew nothing about what was happening. He wanted to keep his mind clear of these thoughts. However, he started seeing strange faces in the training retreat and at that point started asking me if the stories were true.
“Only at the end did he discover how advanced the negotiations with the other clubs really were.”