Chelsea’s pursuit of Mauro Icardi is officially over after the striker signed a four-year contract extension with Inter Milan.
Chelsea had sought out the Argentine as a long term replacement for the departing Didier Drogba, and his acquisition would have made Chelsea’s attack one of the best in Europe. However, Icardi has not been deterred by the lack of European football at the San Siro next season and has committed himself to the Serie A club until 2019.
Speaking to Inter’s official website, Icardi, who was joint top goalscorer in Italy with 22 goals last season, said:
“All players want to be in the Champions League, but I’m happy here at Inter.
“I didn’t expect to do so well this season, so I’m delighted. 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.”
It is likely that Chelsea will move quickly in the search of new attacking talent, with a deal for Radamel Falcao reportedly imminent.