Icardi: Leaving Inter for Atletico never an option

The young Argentine attacker has stressed that he is happy with life at the Serie A club, ruling out a transfer elsewhere abroad or away from the San Siro
Mauro Icardi has insisted that he never seriously considered leaving Inter this summer, after reports linked him with a move to Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish champions allegedly saw the Argentine forward as a potential replacement for Diego Costa, who left the club for Chelsea, but they eventually opted to sign Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich instead.

Icardi has stressed, however, that a move to the Vicente Calderon side was never an option for him anyway.

"Atletico? Why would I ever leave Inter?" the 21-year-old told Corriere dello Sport.

"I am a key player here and I want to do well wearing the Inter jersey. I had my phone switched off during my holiday and didn't read any papers. I never even considered leaving Inter.

"A contract renewal? That's something my agent concerns himself with. I didn't speak to any of the Inter directors. I am focusing on my performances on the pitch and my personal life.

"If my agent gets in touch and tells me to come and sign a new deal, then I'll think about that."

Icardi's current deal with Inter runs until 2018.