Chelsea, Real Madrid dealt transfer blow as prolific striker looks set to snub exit talk

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Chelsea and Real Madrid have both been linked with Mauro Icardi this summer, but the Inter striker appears set to stay in Italy with the Nerazzurri.

The 25-year-old enjoyed another prolific campaign last season, scoring 29 goals in 36 games to lead Inter back to the Champions League.

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Further, as club captain and an influential figure aside from his goals, Icardi will be crucial to Luciano Spalletti’s plans moving forward and it appears as though the Italian tactician has been given a major boost.

Don Balón have linked Icardi with a switch to Real Madrid this summer, while Calciomercato note that both Chelsea and Juventus have been credited with an interest in the Argentine forward.

It’s evident to see why Chelsea would be keen as Antonio Conte’s side managed to score just 62 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, giving them the lowest tally of the top six sides in the standings and 44 less than champions Manchester City.

In turn, that is clearly an issue for the Blues, one that Icardi could potentially solve given his rate of scoring in recent seasons and his ability to successfully lead the line as a sole striker up top.

However, as seen in his Instagram post below, it would appear as though he has no intention of leaving the San Siro, as he dropped a major hint that he plans to add to his tally of appearances and goals having now celebrated five years with Inter.

Further, he is also quoted as essentially plotting the objectives for next season, with Inter now having to juggle their domestic targets with making a positive impression on their return to the Champions League.

Icardi’s leadership and goals will be pivotal in competing on various fronts, and he sounds as though he’s committed to lead the side in the upcoming campaign.

“We will prepare for the Champions League and Serie A, working on the chemistry with our new teammates,” he is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport. “I welcomed the new players as I had already done on the phone, they must understand the family that is Inter and we hope to continue this preparation in the best way.”

That doesn’t sound like a player considering an exit, and so it would suggest that Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus will have to look elsewhere to bolster their attacking options this summer.

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