Mauro Icardi & Inter Milan
In a shock announcement on Wednesday, Inter Milan have confirmed that Mauro Icardi is no longer their club captain.
Inter have taken the armband away from Icardi and handed it to goalie Samir Handanovic.
Inter offered no explanation for their decision.
— Inter (@Inter) February 13, 2019
Why is Icardi no longer the captain?
The instinctive knee-jerk reaction to the Icardi captaincy move is to look towards the transfer market.
The 25-year-old Argentine has long been rumoured to be thinking about a San Siro exit.
Icardi (9 Serie goals this season) is under contract with Inter until 2021, and there’s been no movement on talks over a new contract extension.
At Inter, Icardi has often been the best player in an underperforming side.
Indeed, while Inter were in the Champions League this season, that’s the first time Icardi had competed in world football’s premier club competition.
Putting two and two together to get five, many will conclude that Inter’s move to demote Icardi is a sign that the striker doesn’t have a long term future at the club.
An alternative explanation may be that Inter are just a shambles.
Social media reaction
I've not been impressed by Marotta's work at all so far at Inter. He's been washing all the dirty linen in public with Nainggolan, Perisic & now Icardi. It's total chaos. Maybe there's a long-term motive – he wants a culture change – but seems like just more 'Pazza Inter' to me
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) February 13, 2019
Icardi has always remained faithful to Inter, he's always stayed, he's always delivered. If he truly cares for Inter and the club, now is the time to show it. Very interesting to see how he reacts on all this.
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) February 13, 2019
— Francesco Porzio (@fraporzio95) February 13, 2019
My man Icardi is having a tough year. Struggling for goals and now stripped off the captaincy.
Disgraceful from Inter to treat a club and league legend like that. Thankfully for him he'll be consoled by this. pic.twitter.com/5yDzwHn576
— Medo.F (@Mediostability) February 13, 2019
How can a club and a brand grow and prosper and succeed when they make headlines practically every day. Icardi’s renewal, Nainggolan’s social media, Marotta’s confessions, Spalletti’s moans, Perisic wanting out. Chaos at every level. https://t.co/rVo7fHTivc
— Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) February 13, 2019