Why Mauro Icardi is no longer Inter Milan’s captain

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Former AC Milan coach Fabio Capello supports Inter Milan's decision to sack Mauro Icardi as captain.

The Serie A club revealed goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as their new skipper but did not give any reasons for Icardi's removal.

Reports of Icardi losing the captaincy took an unusual turn on Tuesday when Inter's Spanish Twitter account displayed a picture of him handing the armband to Lautaro Martinez, accompanied by the "soon" emoji, which was later deleted.

The switch comes as Icardi, 25, has yet to sign a new contract amid protracted negotiations between the club and his wife Wanda Nara, who also acts as his agent.

Inter face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday and Icardi is not in the squad for the game.

Icardi, who has in the past been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, had been involved in discussions over extending his contract with the Nerazzurri beyond 2021.

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"He [Icardi] was called up but didn't want to travel with the rest of the squad to Vienna".

"But it was divided between all parts of the club and was made exclusively for the good of Inter".

It is understood that the decision was a mutual one between the Serie A club and manager Luciano Spalletti. "Obviously he was disappointed, but there are things going on which are disturbing him and the team".

"There are clearly things going on around Icardi which need to be sorted out", Spalletti said.

Since arriving from Sampdoria in 2013, Icardi has been a pivotal figure in the club's return to the Champions League.

"There will be time to clear things up in the coming days, but as far as I am concerned, this is all I have to say on Mauro".