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Marotta has 'no doubts' over new Inter deal for Icardi

2:02 pm AEDT 20/1/19
The club CEO is not worried over the future of his star forward, while he also claims Diego Godin wants to join

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta insisted the club have "no doubts" Mauro Icardi will sign a new contract, while he said Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin wants to join. 

Despite being contracted until 2021, Inter captain and striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side. 

Icardi's agent and wife Wanda Nara said the Argentina international will renew , having previously claimed the 25-year-old was nowhere near extending his contract amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United

Speaking prior to Saturday's goalless draw at home to Sassuolo, Marotta said Icardi is close to re-signing. 

"We have no doubts that Mauro Icardi will remain here, as we are happy with him and vice versa," Marotta told DAZN. "The only remaining issue is when to put pen to paper on the contracts." 

Inter, meanwhile, have been tipped to sign Atletico and Uruguay centre-back Godin as a free agent. 

Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the 32-year-old is reportedly set to join Inter, with Atleti boss Diego Simeone admitting that he could leave.  

"Both Atleti and the player are seeking the best solution for all parties,"  Simeone told reporters earlier this month .  

"The club and Godin know what I think about this. 

"If he does remain with us, it'll be because it's best for him and the club." 

Asked about Godin, Marotta said: "I have to underline that Inter have a very strong appeal, as many players are looking for us and agents knock on our door. This is flattering, as it means we represent a reference point in the world of football."

Inter sit third in the league table, four points back of Napoli, though that lead could be extended on Sunday when Carlo Ancelotti's men host Lazio.  

Both sides are well back of league leaders Juventus, who remain unbeaten on the season and are nine points in front of Napoli.  

Inter return to league action next Sunday with a clash against mid-table Torino with a Coppa Italia quarter-final to follow to close out the month.