Reported West Ham United and Arsenal target Mauro Icardi clarifies his future

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Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has said he has no intention of the leaving the club

Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi appears to have put an end to speculation that he will leave the club, declaring that he hopes to stay with the Nerazzurri for at least the foreseeable future.

The news may come as a a blow to West Ham United and Arsenal fans, with rumours in recent weeks suggesting that Icardi was potentially in line for a Premier League move.

In fact, the Mirror reported during the week that the Argentine forward had asked compatriot Manuel Lanzini what life was like in London, fueling speculation that he was considering a switch to the English capital.

However, speaking at a charity dinner on Wednesday night, Icardi has quashed rumours that he is set to leave the San Siro in the summer.

“I have a contract until 2019 and there are a few years to go until then,” he is quoted as telling reporters at the event by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I will absolutely stay here.”

Icardi went on to suggest that his long term future will not be outside of Lombardy, saying that he would be thrilled to follow in the footsteps of club legend Javier Zanetti, who made over 700 appearances in a 20-year stint for the Italian club .

“Slow down, that’s a lot of years!” he initially replied. “I am happy to be here and to wear his armband.

“If I get to remain here as many years as he did then I’ll be even happier.”

Icardi had caught the attention of Premier League clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool, according to sources such as Sportmediaset, as well as West Ham United, due to his prolific goal-scoring record. The 23 year old was joint top scorer in Serie A last season with a return of 22 goals, and this season he has fired home 16 for the Nerazzurri.

Inter have already confirmed fourth place this season, which whilst meaning they will be back playing European football next season following a year’s absence, their wait for Champions League football goes on, with their last appearance in the competition coming all of five years ago.

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