Argentine striker Mauro Icardi has decided to extend his contract with Inter Milan until June 2019.
Icardi has snubbed various interest from Europe including the Premier League champions Chelsea and La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
22-year old striker was tied with Luca Toni with goals to be the leading goal scorer in Serie A in 2014-15 season. Icardi’s stay with Inter has given Roberto Mancini renewed hopes of taking Inter Milan to greater heights in coming seasons.
Despite Icardi’s goals, Inter Milan finished at 7th place, outside Champions League and Europa League spots.
Icardi was linked with a move away from Inter Milan after his impressive season but the young striker has pledged his future to the Serie A side claiming he wants to be with the club despite not being in the Champions League.
After signing his contract extension, Icardi said: “All players want to be in the Champions League, but I’m happy here at Inter,
“I hope I can qualify for that competition next year with a great Nerazzurri side.”
Icardi signing his extension would once again force Chelsea to look elsewhere to sign a striker as the back up to Diego Costa.
Didier Drogba has left the club and Loic Remy is expected to depart from Stamford Bridge in coming weeks as well. This would leave Jose Mourinho with one striker in Costa at the club.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao and are expected to announce his signing in coming weeks.