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Inter director Piero Ausilio explained why they stripped Mauro Icardi of the captaincy and reiterated it was his decision to pull out of the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna.

Inevitably, the pre-match interview was dominated by the Icardi situation, as the striker and former captain refused to take part.

“Luciano Spalletti spoke after meetings with the directors, so this is a shared decision by Inter as a whole,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.

“The reasons are serious and valid. We don’t need to explain anything else other than we evaluated it carefully and considered it with all due care.

Juventus have tabled an extraordinary offer for Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah worth €50million (£44m) and Paulo Dybala.

According to Italian publication Tuttosport, who have the story on their front page on Thursday, the Italian champions are serious in their pursuit of the Egypt star.

Salah signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool last July and the terms do not include a release clause.

The 26-year-old has turned into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.

He scored 44 goals in his debut season as Liverpool reached the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.

No team in Serie A does self-destruction better than Inter Milan as the Mauro Icardi saga took another twist as Inter boss Luciano Spalletti claimed that his best player ‘embarrassed’ Inter on the eve of their Europa League last-32 first leg against Rapid Vienna.

Icardi was stripped of Inter’s captaincy on Wednesday morning, before it emerged that the striker had made himself unavailable for the trip to Vienna.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of Inter’s Europa League tie, Spalletti has this to say about his former captain:

“Icardi? We’ll pursue the appropriate action in light of the positions that have been taken.

In a stunning move, Inter Milan have stripped Mauro Icardi of the captaincy, replacing him with goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

The striker has worn the armband since the start of the 2015-16 season but Inter announced on Wednesday afternoon that he was being replaced amid difficult contract renewal talks with the Argentine.

There are also concerns that he will be tempted to leave the San Siro when it expires in summer 2021.

Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb have also reported that Icardi will not be included in the squad for Inter’s Europa League game against Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

Eusebio Di Francesco praised Roma for their 2-1 victory over Porto, but warned the “worst mistake we could make” in the second leg would be to defend.

Nicolò Zaniolo had put the hosts 2-0 up with a brace within six minutes, but Adrian Lopez made the most of a ricochet to give Porto a potentially decisive away goal in this Champions League Round of 16.

“It’s a pity about the result, but I congratulated the lads for their solidity, for creating so many chances, allowing little at the back and choosing the right time to strike,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

As we covered yesterday, Aaron Ramsey has signed a staggering £400,000-a-week, pre-contract deal at Juventus that will net him £83 million over four years.

The Serie A giants confirmed on Monday that Wales international Ramsey had signed an agreement ahead of joining in the summer when his current deal with Arsenal expires.

But many have been scratching their head as to how the Italian giants can afford the move given the huge outlay to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

The Portuguese star blew the club’s wage structure apart having joined from Real Madrid and Ramsey will join him as one of Europe’s premier earners.

Aaron Ramsey has signed a staggering £400,000-a-week pre- contract deal at Juventus that will net him £83 million over four years.

The Serie A giants confirmed on Monday that Wales international Ramsey had signed a four-year agreement ahead of joining in the summer when his current deal with Arsenal expires.

Ramsey wrote on social media on Monday night:

‘I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.

Jose Mourinho has held talks with Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta over becoming manager of the Italian club for a second time.

The sacked Manchester United boss is still adored by Inter fans having delivered the treble in 2010.

Mourinho was fired by United on December 18 and is looking at his route back into management, holding talks with Inter on Thursday, according to the reports in England.

He has already turned down the chance to take over Benfica and is understood to be content with assessing his options until the summer.

In what is almost a weekly event, Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta has denied that Luciano Spalletti’s job will not be fired if Inter lose to Parma at the weekend.

The Nerazzurri are sliding down the standings after one point and zero goals in their last three Serie A games, while they also crashed out of the Coppa Italia on penalties to Lazio.

There were reports of a crisis summit in the locker room following Sunday’s shock 1-0 home defeat to Bologna.

“Naturally there was a discussion after the game, which is normal after every match, whether we win or lose. It’s nothing to report,” insisted Marotta to Sky Sport Italia.

In an interview with Radio Anch’io Sport, Serie A chief Gaetano Micciche has challenged AC Milan and Inter Milan to rival Juventus for the title and admitting the league could be reduced back down to 18 teams in an attempt to make it more competitive.

Serie A was enlarged to 20 teams in 2004 but has recently faced calls to be reduced back to 18 sides for the purpose of making the League more competitive, while a Milan club has not won Serie A since 2011, when Max Allegri’s Rossoneri were crowned champions.