Inter boss Roberto Mancini praised striker Mauro Icardi in an interview with Sky Sport Italia but says the youngster still has plenty of room to improve.
The Argentine sits behind only Carlos Tevez on the Serie A scoring charts with 13 goals, supplying nearly 40 per cent of the Nerazzurri’s attacking output this term.
Nonetheless, the San Siro giants have struggled under first Walter Mazzarri and now Mancini, sitting in the bottom half of the table with 16 games to go.
Icardi’s future in northern Italy meanwhile remains uncertain. Inter have looked to renew his contract of late, but talks haven’t been entirely productive.
Sportmediaset reported earlier this week that Icardi’s €58,000-per-week salary demands aren’t being met, with Inter putting €38,000 per week on the table instead.
With his current deal running until 2018, however, Inter have asserted that they aren’t worried about the situation, even with Icardi attracting interest.
Director of sport Piero Ausilio told Sportmediaset on Wednesday that the Argentine is “married” to the Inter project and there is no cause for concern about an extension not being agreed as of yet.
Ausilio’s comments came in the wake of Icardi refusing to celebrate his brace last weekend against Palermo after getting in a heated row with supporters the week prior.
The 21-year-old’s malaise with the Nerazzurri support has only lent credence to suggestions he could be on his way this summer, amid links to Premier League sides.
While the Argentine continues to attract interest from abroad due to his exploits, Inter head coach Roberto Mancini has gone on record saying that the striker’s game is far from complete.
The former Manchester City boss told Sky Sport Italia that the Nerazzurri starlet must tune up his efforts away from goal.
Mancini said: “He’s a young striker who has to improve, but he has that essential quality – he can score.
“We ask him to do that, but he knows that he must also improve his participation in the build-up and his movement.
“A classic striker is about more than just scoring goals, and there are certain facets of his game he can improve, but he’s working on it.
“He has a very good scoring record, if he can improve it’s to his advantage.”