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Icardi plans Inter stay

Mauro Icardi says he wants to stay at Inter Milan as transfer gossip links him with Madrid rivals Atletico and Real.

As one of European football's hottest prospects, Icardi has seen interest in his services mount steadily since bursting onto the scene at Sampdoria.

Various clubs were said to be willing to pay big money for his services last summer, with Inter eventually putting together a deal worth well over €10million (8.2m).

Icardi has handled the step up to a continental heavyweight with ease - netting eight times this season in 18 Serie A appearances.

It is now being suggested that he could be on the move again when the window re-opens.

Real Madrid are continuously on the lookout for players of promise, and are said to have noted Icardi's talents, while Atletico are eyeing up potential replacements for Diego Costa - with their top goalscorer also being heavily linked with a summer switch.

Icardi has welcomed the reported interest, but maintains that he is in no hurry to leave the San Siro.

The 21-year-old Argentina international told Sky Sport Italia: "I want to stay at Inter and continue to grow as I am doing this season.

"If Atletico and Real Madrid want me, they have to talk with Inter.

"I only think about playing and I don't look at what's happening around me and what people are saying."