Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has yet again stressed his team's desire to keep hold of striker Mauro Icardi, amidst interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.

Both English giants have shown their keenness to secure the services of the player, with the Red Devils having already sent scouts to monitor the player during Inter's match against Palermo last weekend.

According to Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset, the Nerazzurri have already started negotiations to offer a new contract to the 21-year-old, in spite of the player having a contract until 2018.

And now Ausilio on his part has yet again made clear that Icardi is integral to Inter's plans and they don't want to let him go in the near future.

The 40-year-old also took time to speak about the youngster's work ethic and his ability to score goals regularly.


"Mauro is a very calm, level-headed lad who’s completely devoted to his family. He works tirelessly during the week and scores goals on a Sunday," Ausilio told Sportitalia.

Ausilio revealed that the club have already spoken to his agent and are not worried about his contract, which "doesn't expire for a good while."

"We’ve met with his agent a couple of times, but let’s not forget that his contract doesn’t expire for a good while.

"Of course, we want to keep hold of Mauro – and he chose to come here because he felt that Inter were the ideal team for him."

Icardi has played 30 matches for Roberto Mancini's team so far this season, having scored 18 goals and has also provided his team-mates with three assists.

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