Chelsea-linked Mauro Icardi signs new deal with Inter

The Argentine striker commits to Inter until 2019.

For all its strength in depth, the Chelsea squad could find itself in a mini crisis next season in that most important of positions; centre forward.

Didier Drogba’s second Chelsea departure this summer means Loic Remy and Diego Costa front up the Chelsea attack as things stand. With Costa’s fitness concerns and Remy failing to set the world alight in his first season, the Blues may need to strengthen.

One player who won’t be making a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer it seems is Mauro Icardi. The 22-year-old had been linked to Chelsea in recent weeks by the likes of the London Evening Standard, but he has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal to end any speculation over his future.

The Argentine had a fine campaign at Inter last season, finishing joint top goal-scorer in Serie A with 22 goals. His excellent output, coupled with Inter’s failure to qualify for Europe had led to doubts over his future, but any uncertainty has now been put to rest.

Speaking on the club's official site, Icardi said:

"All players want to be in the Champions League, but I'm happy here at Inter. I hope I can qualify for that competition next year with a great Nerazzurri side."

With one potential arrival now ruled out, Chelsea will have to turn their attention elsewhere if they plan to bolster their front line before next season.

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