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What Do Inter Milan Do With Mauro Icardi?

Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi could be staying in France, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly wanting to make the Argentinian’s loan deal permanent in January.

The former Inter striker was signed on-loan by PSG on deadline day this summer, and has been a hit for the Parisians so far this season, scoring 12 goals in 15 games in all competitions.

With Edinson Cavani expected to leave at the end of the summer, and with rumoors of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s discontent at the club, sporting director Leonardo believes Icardi is the right person to build their attack around.

Conte Goes To War With Italian Press

Antonio Conte

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is desperate to be thought off as one of the best coaches in world football. To do that, he knows he needs to win the Champions League, a trophy he has never came close to winning.

Conte, whose Inter side were knocked out of the Champions League this week but top Serie A, was meant to have his pre-match chat with journalists to preview Sunday night’s game against Fiorentina.

However the Inter boss cancelled the press conference over his fury that a damning letter was published in Corriere dello Sport.

Champions League Draw Preview

Juventus could face the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16, while Napoli and Atalanta risk PSG and Barcelona.

There are three Italian teams going into the draw for the first knockout round, while Inter drop into the Europa League.

It will be held on Monday at 11.00 GMT and the seeded teams will play the second leg at home.

Juve won their group and are therefore top seeds in the draw, so they cannot face Atletico Madrid (having already played in the group stage) or fellow Italians Napoli and Atalanta.

Atalanta Reach Champions League Knockout Stages

There will be knockout Champions League football at the San Siro after all as champion League debutants Atalanta reached the knockout stages with victory at Shakhtar Donetsk after recovering from losing their first three games.

Atalanta have been playing their home Champions League matches at the San Siro, home to AC Milan and Inter Milan. With Inter condemned to the Europa League after finishing third in their group, Atalanta will be the only team left, playing champions League football at one of the cathedrals of world football – the San Siro.

Gennaro Gattuso Named As New Napoli Manager

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso has been confirmed as the new boss of Napoli following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Milan boss has been given a six-month contract, with provision for an additional year if certain results are achieved, such as qualifying for the Champions League.

Gattuso took training on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after his former AC Milan mentor departed.

The club have struggled in recent weeks and they are winless in seven Serie A games in succession, sitting seventh in the table and 17 points off leaders Juventus.

On joining, Gattuso said:

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti admitted he had a ‘unforgettable experience’ at Napoli, in a touching farewell message following his sacking as manager.

The Italian was shown the door despite in the Champions League and qualifying for the knockout stages.

The parting of ways followed at the club and a poor run of domestic form which has seen Napoli drop to seventh in the Serie A table – but Ancelotti was grateful for the 18 months he had in charge.

Napoli Sack Carlo Ancelotti

Napoli have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti less than three hours after he guided them into the Champions League knockout stages.

The Serie A club had not won in nine games in all competitions until Tuesday’s 4-0 success at home to Genk.

Ancelotti was in his second season in charge of Napoli but they sit seventh in the league after that poor run.

They are the only team to beat Liverpool in 90 minutes this season, defeating the Reds 2-0 in September.

Last month the manager and Napoli players were in a high-profile dispute with president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Antonio Conte

Different manager but same result. Twelve months ago, Inter under Luciano Spalletti were knocked out the Champions League after failing to beat PSV in their final group match at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.

Fast forward twelve months. Two record signings, and a new manager in Antonio Conte, and Inter were in the same situation as a year ago. Win on matchday six and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

And once again, Inter failed, losing 2-1 at home to Barcelona reserves, a result that will see Inter play in the Europa League in the new year.

Inter CEO Opens Door For Sale Of Star Striker

martinez-inter

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has not dismissed the idea of in-form forward Lautaro Martinez leaving the club should he want to.

Martinez has scored 13 goals in 21 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side this season, yet he couldn’t help the team overcome Barcelona on Tuesday as they crashed out of the Champions League.

Now, Barca themselves are reportedly interested in the 22-year-old and see him as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez – and Marotta hasn’t completely dismissed the speculation.

‘If Lautaro wants to leave we will evaluate the situation,’ Marotta told Italian outlet Sports Mediaset.

Carlo Ancelotti Napoli

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti says whilst qualification for the Champions League last 16 is crucial, “It doesn’t cancel out what’s happened in Serie A.”

Napoli face Belgian side Genk tomorrow night at the San Paolo, aware that a victory or draw – depending on other results – will guarantee them top spot in Group E.

Speaking at a press conference, Ancelotti warned qualification for the knockout stages would not make amends for their slump in Serie A.

“Qualification does not cancel what has happened so far [in Serie A]. Good things have been achieved in the Champions League.