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Self-proclaimed next Batistuta wouldn't mind playing Champions League football at a big club like Chelsea

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This one's actually from before the Burnley farce but I'm just seeing it now, and since it gave me a bit of a much-needed chuckle, I thought I'd share.

"I'm not interested in rumours, what counts is winning with Inter. But if the ones are real about United, Chelsea and Liverpool then I'd be honoured, because they are big clubs, but I'm already in a great team where I can win something important. I would certainly like to play in the Champions League, it's what every player wants and it would give me a boost towards wearing the shirt of Argentina."

-Mauro Icardi; Calciomercato via Sport Witness

Well, son, I mean Mr. Self-proclaimed Next Gabriel Batistuta, those are certainly lofty ambitions.  It's good to have lofty ambitions, especially when stuck on a relatively terrible Internazionale team who are struggling to stay mid-table in Serie A let alone challenge for the promise-land of the Champions League.  Though I assure you, some of that European stuff is just as dire, but with a cool anthem.

Icardi's of course quick to proclaim his allegiance to the Inter cause, too, should his "Come get me!" plea fall on deaf ears.  Which it might when it comes to Chelsea, considering we showed very little actual interest when rumors linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge first appeared in the summer.

If the Nerazzurri are to recover any of their former glory anytime soon, they'd be well advised to keep a hold of Icardi (and fellow highly talented and highly rated youngster Mateo Kovačić).  Unlike the situation with Paulo Dybala down in Palermo, Inter probably aren't looking to sell.  But, just like Icardi, money talks.

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