Mauro Icardi reveals he will not answer any calls from Real Madrid, should they want to sign him, as reported by the Daily Star.
The 24-year-old Inter Milan forward has been in sensational form for the Nerazzurri, with 15 goals already in Serie A this season, leading to speculation of a move away from the San Siro.
This has seen his side rise to second in the table, above reigning champions Juventus, despite finishing seventh last year.
Pushed out at Barca
Icardi has always had the talent to become a world-class striker, having spent three years in Barcelona’s academy before joining Sampdoria after realising his style was not the Barca way and prevent him from reaching the senior side.
Since leaving, he has scored 97 times in six and half years in Serie A, and looks set to smash his current record in a single campaign this time around, which currently stands 24.
As expected, his form has attracted many big clubs, in particular Real Madrid, but Icardi told Sky Sports Italy: “We are in November and it is still early to talk about transfers.
“If I’d ever receive a call from Madrid I wouldn’t reply, there are other people in charge of it.”
Real need new striker
Los Blancos are not the first club to cast an eye over the Argentine, with Premier League trio Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United having all previously registered their interest in the forward.
Yet, it is Real that need Icardi’s expertise, with manager Zinedine Zidane unsure on his favoured central striker is.
Karim Benzema has long been the stalwart in the middle, and despite his recent flurry of three goals in two games, he has only 13 goals in La Liga since August 2016, a third of Icardi’s tally.
Selling Alvaro Morata in the summer was not a wise move, with their young back-up striker Borja Mayoral talented but not at the level to feature regularly for Real.
Now, the Santiago Bernabeu outfit will need to flex their financial muscle if they wish to pry the Inter Milan captain away from the San Siro.