Mauro Icardi stripped of captaincy for personal reasons

Mauro Icardi and Luciano Spalletti

Mauro Icardi and Luciano Spalletti

Inter Milan have stripped Mauro Icardi of the club captaincy, with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic taking over the role, according to Sky in Italy.

That transfer did not happen as Inter rejected Arsenal's loan approach, but Nara's suggestion "personal issues" were behind the forward's desire to leave prompted the club to name Samir Handanovic as their new club captain.

The Argentina global trained with the squad on Wednesday but was a notable absentee when Inter named the 19-man party who would travel to Austria for the first leg of their last-32 tie.

Manager Luciano Spalletti addressed the media reports of a fallout with the former FC Barcelona trainee this weekend after their victory over Parma. Now we have to focus all our attention on Thursday's game'.

"It was a hard decision but it was supported by everyone at the club and made for the good of Inter as well as the team".

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

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. But we think it is for the best on the pitch, from the next game onwards.

The Argentina worldwide has been a prolific goalscorer in an Inter shirt, with 119 goals in 210 appearances for Inter.

Icardi's hesitance on signing a new deal is born from his desire to play at the highest level, competing for trophies.

Meanwhile, Wanda Icardi, his wife and agent, said Icardi was not in a rush but wanted to stay.

"There will be time to clear things up in the coming days, but as far as I am concerned, this is all I have to say on Mauro".

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