Inter director issues stern warning to Icardi

Published on: 11 February 2019

As the contract saga between Inter and club captain Mauro Icardi rumbles on, managing director Giuseppe Marotta has warned the striker that he still has a long way to go.

Icardi and his wife and agent Wanda Nara are reportedly seeking an exorbitant salary increase in comparison with what the club are willing to offer him to pen a new deal at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

The situation still does not have an end in sight an in an interview with Il Secolo XIX, Marotta had some advice for the player and hinted that he is not worth the money that he is looking for.

“He is a fantastic player and a great talent. But he is a talent who is yet to be consecrated as a champion,” said Marotta. “Today, he is 25 years old but he has to keep developing every day and grow all the time.”

Marotta also reflected on the bigger clubs’ domination of Serie A and outlined why he believes it will be so difficult for a provincial club to enjoy any kind of real success in the future.

“It is a utopia [for provincial teams to win] because once it was about football and the patrons of the clubs but now football is a business and the numbers say that the budgets of the bigger clubs are unattainable,” he added.

“Genoa and Sampdoria are doing very well through the sales of players because that is all that they can really do. The sale of [Krzystof] Piatek has given Genoa €40 million, which is almost as much as their annual turnover.”