Sporting director Leonardo has poured cold water on rumours that Mauro Icardi could leave Paris Saint-Germain amid speculation linking him with AC Milan.
Calciomercato.it were the ones who initially reported that Milan are keen on a possible move for Icardi, who is not finding much space in Thomas Tuchel’s PSG side. His wife/agent Wanda Nara even congratulated Milan for their recent derby win.
Further reports from Spain then revealed that Icardi is already looking to leave PSG not long after making his move permanent as Tuchel has decided to leave him on the bench in several key games, with a move to Milan a priority.
However, Leonardo has now come out and addressed the speculation that Icardi’s days in the French capital are numbered.
“We loaned a player who has scored 25 goals per season. We observed him well and decided to keep him. Everyone agreed: the option was 70 million and we managed to get a discount,” he said (via MilanLive).
“Just because a player is injured doesn’t mean he won’t be important in the next 5 years. And he was already important, throughout last season, even if he played less in the final eight of the Champions League.”