Inter replace Icardi with Handanovic as captain

Inter replace Icardi with Handanovic as captain

Mauro Icardi was reportedly stripped of his skipper duties by Inter Milan because of issues between his agent and the club.

In a move that has surprised many, Inter announced on their Twitter account that Mauro ICARDI is no longer the club captain.

"The decision to remove the captain's armband from Icardi was hard and painful, because we all know what he is worth to the team", Spalletti told reporters at his pre-match press conference.

Icardi's future with the club has been in doubt in recent weeks given uncertainty over whether he'll sign an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2021.

The Argentine has been left out of the team's Europa League round of 32, first-leg game at Rapid Vienna on Thursday. It has been a tough, painful decision which he probably has not taken well, made with the team's well-being in mind.

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"Icardi was called up, and has decided not to travel to Vienna", the coach explained to Sky Sport.

'Things around him have disturbed him and the team he captained.

Having scored three times in his last ten appearances for the club, his manager Luciano Spaletti suggested at the weekend that his contract talks are having an impact on his performances.

His relationship with Inter's fans has been frosty ever since, despite his return of 122 goals in 210 games, and a poll on La Gazzetta dello Sport's website on Wednesday asking whether Inter had been right to scrap him of the captaincy saw nearly 90 percent of over 15,000 votes backing the club's stance.

The Slovenia global, 34, joined Inter from Udinese in 2012 while Icardi arrived from Sampdoria in 2013, taking over as captain from Andrea Ranocchia in 2015.

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