Icardi can be world's best striker – Mancini

The 22-year-old already has 19 goals to his name this season and his coach believes he is destined for big things

Inter coach Roberto Mancini has backed in-form striker Mauro Icardi to become one of the world’s best strikers over the next 10 years.

The Argentine has 19 goals to his name in all competitions this term, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year.

Ahead of the second leg of Inter’s last-32 Uefa Europa League clash with Celtic on Thursday, Mancini feels Icardi still has even more to offer.

“He can still improve a great deal because he’s so young,” the former Manchester City boss told reporters.

“No 22-year-old knows everything about being a striker – he can definitely get better in all areas of his game.

“He can be one of the top strikers around for the next 10 years.”

Last week’s 3-3 thriller in the first leg at Celtic Park leaves Inter in the driving seat heading into the return match at San Siro.

Inter can also boast a three-match winning run in Serie A, though Mancini dismissed suggestions his side may be fatigued following a hectic schedule.

“When I was a player, I always preferred playing as many matches as possible,” he added.

“We’ve found a tactical system that we feel comfortable with and it’s not easy to change quickly. The three wins give us that extra bit of confidence. 

“They’re testament to our hard work, but the league table still isn’t right for a club like Inter. Our aim is to keep growing.”

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