Manchester United have suffered a blow after Mauro Icardi confirmed that he will reject a move to Old Trafford in the summer in favour of staying with Inter Milan for the foreseeable future. The Red Devils were linked with a move for the forward during the summer transfer window but will now have to turn their attentions to other targets after the Argentinean forward committed his future to the Serie A club.
According to the Sun, Jose Mourinho, who has been heavily tipped to take over at Old Trafford in the summer, has identified the Inter captain one of his main targets to lead the club's attack next season. The striker is reportedly valued at £35m ($51m) but that will be of no consequence as the striker is not keen to exchange Milan for Manchester.
Icardi, who has scored 10 goals in 21 league games this season, admitted that he is keen on helping Inter get back to winning ways under Roberto Mancini. The Nerazzuri are currently out of the Champions League places but are only two points behind third placed AS Roma with 14 games left until the end of the season.
"Wolfsburg and Manchester United? I heard something about their interest, but I want to stay with Inter," Icardi said, as quoted by talkSPORT.
"Even if United sign Jose Mourinho, my answer is always the same: I'm staying here. If they come looking, they won't be the first nor the last club I may turn down."
"I'm happy in Milan and I don't mean to leave. The club has a great project and is investing heavily to get winning again. I want to help.
"The team I'm fondest of is [Argentinian club] Newell's Old Boys, but even a few years ago, when playing the Playstation with an Italian friend, I selected Inter all the time because I liked her players. I have a bond with Inter and I'm happy to be part of it," the Argentinean striker added.