Bring Icardi to Napoli, I always love great Strikers – Ancelotti
Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke about reported targets Mauro Icardi and James Rodriguez, saying his side needs both players to contend for the league and champions league next season.
Carlo Ancelotti said he has always had great strikers as Napoli continue to be linked with Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. Icardi – absent from Intermilan's pre-season tour – is not wanted by new head coach Antonio Conte as the Serie A club try to sell their former captain. Napoli and Italian champions Juventus are reportedly waiting for Icardi's signature ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Asked about Icardi as Napoli also try to negotiate a deal with Real Madrid for James Rodriguez, Ancelotti told TV Luna following Wednesday's 3-3 draw against Cremonese:
"A player in the James role can certainly help us in our finishing or in through balls for the strikers. "I always had great centre-forwards in my career, from Pippo Inzaghi to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Icardi is a great centre-forward, as is Arkadiusz Milik. "The Pole is perhaps a more complete player, even if the Argentine is a stronger finisher in the box. "Talking about Icardi now would be undermining Milik's qualities, but I am sure we'll all be happy with the squad at our disposal come August 31."
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INTER ANNOUNCED ON THEIR TWITTER PAGE THAT
@MauroIcardi will today return to Milan from our training camp in Lugano. The club and the striker have come to this decision by mutual agreement. Icardi will continue his pre-season training over the next few days and will take no part in our Summer Tour in Asia. #FCIM
Giuseppe Marotta, Inter's chief executive, recently told the striker he was no longer wanted and a divorce appears to be nearing fruition.
Icardi left the Nerazzurri's training camp in Switzerland on Saturday and will be excluded from upcoming friendlies against Paris Saint-Germain,Totteham Hotspur and Valencia.
It has been a busy off-season for Napoli, who finished second behind Juve in the race for the Scudetto last season.
Napoli have signed star defender Kostas Manolas from Roma and Fenerbahce's Eljif Elmas, while Amadou Diawara, Marko Rog and Raul Albiol have departed.