Inter are stuck in a difficult moment as a club, both on a macro and micro level – and current issues are affecting the players, fans and front office alike.
The Nerazzurri aren’t the heavy-spending powerhouse they were just a few years ago, with a new era beginning when Massimo Moratti sold the team to Erik Thohir last season.
Thohir’s reign as president of the club has seen both controversy and criticism. Tension is particularly high at the moment as the side are drastically underperforming in Serie A.
Sitting ninth in the table, many have called for boss Walter Mazzarri to be dismissed. Meanwhile, fans have taken to jeering the team during home matches as a sign of their disapproval.
Supporters vented their frustration once more in Inter’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona at San Siro on Sunday, a lacking performance seeing three points thrown away at the death.
Mauro Icardi was the Nerazzurri’s best player on the evening with a brace that brought his goal-tally to seven on the season in the Italian top flight.
And the Argentine striker didn’t hold back on sharing his thoughts on the club’s lack of positive reinforcement from the fans.
Icardi told Sky Sport Italia: “I don’t understand those who jeer. Things are not going the way we want them to at the moment, but on home turf we need to have the fans on our side.
“When we play at San Siro it feels like we’re the away team. There’s nothing we can do about it.
“If people want to jeer then they are free to do so and we accept it. However, it is irritating.”
Previous reports have claimed that Icardi will look to move on at the end of the season should Inter not secure Champions League football, which looks unlikely at the moment.
He was linked with a variety of clubs last summer before he ended up staying with the Beneamata – most notably Liverpool and Tottenham – and as a talented youngster would likely have plenty of offers if he wanted to go.
Just weeks ago Icardi said he’d like to remain at Inter long-term but one can only wonder if the current climate at San Siro could cause him to change his mind.
There’s plenty at stake in the short-term for the Argentine as he’s only 21 and in a stage of his career when developing in a positive atmosphere is critical.
A club like Spurs – in need of a talented, young striker such as Icardi – could use a player of his mould. Inter must be wary that his head could be turned should the situation not improve.
There’s no concrete indication Icardi has his mind elsewhere just yet, but it’s difficult not to wonder just how much ‘irritation’ he can take in Milan before exploring other options.