Icardi calls for ‘respect’ from Inter as striker’s stand-off continues

After being dropped from the team for the fifth game in a row amid an on-going contractual feud, the Argentine has taken to social media to respond

Mauro Icardi has called for “respect” and laid out his sacrifices and struggles with Inter in a post on Instagram in the midst of an ongoing feud with the club that has seen him dropped from the team.

The striker has not featured for Inter since February 9, and was not part of the squad named for this week’s contest against Cagliari on Friday.

“It’s at the most difficult times when true love is shown,” it began.

“It’s at those moments that I decided to stay at Inter, with Inter. When I felt that with my goals I could help Inter get stronger, among many things.

“Stronger than the problems of FFP. Stronger than our difficulties, when so many wrote us off. At Inter. With Inter.

“And despite everything, I’ve always decided to stay. And for the love of these colours. I’ve refused offers that other players would’ve found it difficult to refuse.

“I played with physical pains that brought me to tears after games, and the days that followed.

“But I’ve always insisted on forgetting any pain I felt, with the only objective of giving everything I could to help these colours. At Inter. With Inter.

“For my LOVE of the Nerazzurri colours because there’s only Inter. I showed my children that hope must be maintained.

“I taught them that winning was difficult, but that doing it with Inter had a unique meaning, that only a true interista can understand and feel. My children’s eyes don’t lie.

“I realised my dream, I realised the dream of all of us interesti, returning to the Champions League, with the team I was captain of. Because I’ve always felt and transmitted love for these colours.

“I’ve always disapproved of those who, at the first opportunity, tried to leave the club. I respected the fans, my teammates, the club and all the Coaches that have passed during my time here.

“I’ve collaborated with the club, both on and off the field, whenever a new player has arrived, showing them that only with passion could we reach our objectives.

“I know what love is for Inter and the Inter fans know this because they’ve seen how I suffered, cried, fought and finally enjoyed these colours. At Inter. With Inter.

“But like I said, all my sacrifices were made for the love of these colours, while respecting everyone.

“I don’t know if, at this time, there is love and respect towards Inter and I on part of those who make decisions.

“I don’t know if there’s the desire on the part of someone to act and resolve things only and exclusively for Inter’s sake

“Many things can happen in a family, good or bad. And out of love, one can bear a lot of everything.

“But respect must never be lacking. These are my values, these are the values for which I’ve always fought. In my story. At Inter. With Inter.”