Inter to Icardi: You're out! And the player has come to terms with reality
The lake relaxes you, it’s known. Switzerland is by definition calm, peaceful and there are no conflicts. In this context, therefore, you can see the whole situation like this: 36 hours of leave to stay with the family, since his services weren’t necessary.
Lugano, however, is close to Milan, and even more so to Appiano Gentile: and therefore, this premature departure from training camp provokes old thoughts and feelings, like the one on the eve of the trip to Vienna, after the armband was removed. This time, it went differently: the separation was announced and reassured that it was consensual.
The fact remains that Mauro Icardi is physically away from the team and will be like that in the coming weeks. Because in addition to skipping the last day and a half in Switzerland, the Argentinian will not even participate in the tour in Asia.
The decision has been in the air for a while now and only became official yesterday. Mauro is so “out of project” that he also stays out of the Asian tourney. If he had not come to terms with the club’s and coach’s decisions, or if he thought he could change it, he does now. A further period of reflection will follow, even during the solitary training sessions in Appiano and it will bring transfer market developments.
But let’s go in order. It was the day before Lugano-Inter, the first outing of the season and it was also the first training session open to the media. The players took the first 15 minutes to warm but then there was one very “noisy” absence: on the pitch everyone was there except Politano (injured) and Icardi whose absence was due to his physical condition.
Due to the events of the last five months, from knee injury which put him out of action for five weeks to the return in shape for the final part of the season to post-season vacation, he is more behind than others. Therefore, beyond the tactical exercises which he did not participate, Mauro spent the last six days or so solely on athletic sessions, some with the team and others by himself.
After training, Inter returned to the hotel, Handanovic and Marotta had a press conference at noon for the game on Sunday. As a captain, Handa spoke about “values that have become somewhat lost, just like discipline. Because the players must also have duties and cannot think that a great player is allowed everything.” No direct reference on anyone but did say that “Icardi and Nainggolan are training with us and for the rest the club has been clear.” Marotta was in Lugano but only limited himself to greetings and thanks to the local organizers and Ausilio joined him in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, at 3:30 pm local time, Inter published the statement announcing Icardi’s return to Milan: “The club and the Argentinian striker have made this decision by mutual agreement.” The Nerazzurri also announced that the player “will continue his path of athletic reconditioning in the coming days and will not take part in the summer tour in Asia.”