Mauro Icardi was a young striker heavily linked with a move to the Premier League this summer. With a whole clutch of English clubs looking to recruit a striker it was no surprise to see someone with as much potential as the Inter Milan forward on more than one team's shortlist.
Both Liverpool and Tottenham were two of those clubs most closely linked to the Argentine, and though Liverpool did sign a striker from Milan in Mario Balotelli, the fact their forward line hasn't flourished this season may mean they retain an interest in the 21-year-old. Likewise, Spurs will surely be looking to improve an attack that has managed just one league goal so far this season.
But unfortunately for the two sides, Icardi has claimed he is eager to extend his deal at Inter, having made a strong start to the Serie A campaign with 3 goals in 6 games.
"On the renewal I don’t know anything yet. But I chose Inter, and I want to stay here," the forward told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
"I want to stay because here we have a desire to build something, because Milan is a great city, because the President (Erik Thohir) has very clear ideas and because I want to stay here.
"This is a new team, and a young one. Winning will take time, but that’s what we all want to do."
Icardi went on to outline three reasons why he was eager to stay at the San Siro.
"Three reasons to believe in Inter? One: because I like this squad and the work the club is doing.
"Two: because there are many young players with a desire to win, because they haven’t won anything before.
"Three: we are a united squad, on and off the field.”