It what will probably turn out to be their most important signing of the summer, Inter have announced that striker Mauro Icardi has agreed to terms on a new deal with the club through June 2019.
FC Internazionale is pleased to announce that Mauro Icardi has inked a new contract with the club,” said a statement by Inter. “The Argentine striker’s new agreement runs until 30th June 2019.”
Icardi has been one of the few positives from Inter’s mediocre season, scoring twice in their final league game to finish tied with Verona veteran Luca Toni at the top of the league scoring charts on 22 goals.
“I never thought I would do so well — I’m delighted,” Icardi said. “I always train to get better and better, then it is credit to the team for putting me in the positions to score goals and to get me to this important milestone.”
The 22-year-old was rumoured to be on his way out of the struggling Serie A giants, who failed to qualify for Europe next season despite Roberto Mancini arriving at the club in November pledging to achieve that goal.
Mancini, who led Inter to seven titles including three consecutive league titles in his previous spell in charge, has promised that Inter will “be back to challenge for the scudetto” next season.
Icardi joined Inter in the summer of 2013 from Sampdoria and scored nine goals in his first season. Inter finished eighth in Serie A and failed to qualify for European football for the 2015-16 campaign. Icardi, who struck twice in a 4-3 win over Empoli in Sunday’s season finale, is optimistic better times are ahead for the club.
“I’m very happy that we finished the season on a high at the San Siro,” Icardi said. “We will start next season with the memory of a win and that’s a great way to kick things off. I’m sure that with the boss (Roberto Mancini) we’ll succeed – we’ve been working well for a good five or six months now and we’ll get better in pre-season.”