Mauro Icardi has issued a statement on Instagram:
“In the most difficult moments, love is shown. And in those moments, I have always chosen to stay at Inter, with Inter. When I thought that my goals could make Inter stronger than many things. Stronger than Financial Fair Play issues. Stronger than our difficult moments when many judged us that we weren’t worth much, weren’t good. At Inter. With Inter.
“After everything, I have always decided to stay. For the love of these colors. I have refused many offers that a professional footballer would have difficult time to refuse. I have played with physical pain that brought me to tears at the end of games and the days that followed. But I have always played regardless of what the doctors said. Because stepping on the pitch let me forget the pain and I had only one objective: to give all for these colors. At Inter. With Inter.
“For the love of the black and blue colors. Because there is only Inter. I have always shown my children that you must have hope. I’ve taught them that winning is hard but doing it with Inter is unique, something that only a true Interista knows and understands. The eyes of my children do not lie.
“They learned to love Inter at home. I realized a dream, all Interisti realized a dream: returning to the Champions League with this team that I was captain of. Because I have always felt and transmitted the love for these colors.
“I have always disapproved those that tried to leave this club at the first chance that they got. I respect the fans, my teammates, the club, and all the coaches that have gone through here during my time at Inter. I have always collaborated with the club both on and off the pitch, welcoming all the new players, showing them that only with passion, we will be able to achieve our objectives.
“I know what the Inter love is. Interisti know that too because they’ve seen how much I have suffered, cried, fought and celebrated in these colors. At Inter. With Inter.
“Like I said, I’ve made all these sacrifices for the love of these colors and to respect everyone. I don’t know if there’s love and respect towards Inter and myself from those that make decisions at the moment. I don’t know if those have the desire to act and solve things, only and exclusively for the love of Inter.
“In a family, many things can happen, good or bad. But because of love, we can go through a lot or all. But there must be respect. These are my values, the values that I have always fought for. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”