Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed that Real Madrid have made no contact over a potential move for Mauro Icardi.
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 Ausilio has rejected the talk of an exit for the striker.
“There’s no need to convince him into staying at Inter, he has a long contract here and his will is very clear,” he told reporters.
“He’s our captain and he wants to win with this shirt. All this goes beyond contracts and clauses.
“Madrid haven’t called us, but it would be their job to convince Mauro into abandoning a project like ours, in which he’s the leading light.
“Furthermore, the clause isn’t a problem. Icardi or Higuain? I’ll stick with Mauro.”
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.