Icardi can become a star, says Mancini

The Nerazzurri coach feels the young Argentine has the potential to blossom into one of the world’s best, while he remains confident they can secure Champions League football

Inter coach Roberto Mancini believes Mauro Icardi has what it takes to become one of the best attackers in football with the right attitude.

The Argentine attacker has been in sublime form so far this season, netting 10 goals in 19 Serie A appearances, but he has also made the headlines off the pitch more than once.

Nevertheless, Mancini feels the 21-year-old is destined for greatness so long as he remains focused on his football.

“Mauro is a highly talented youngster and has huge margin for improvement. It’s entirely up to him [whether he becomes a star],” Mancini told Italia 1.

“If he wants to become a first-class centre forward, he has to make sure he keeps knuckling down.

“Controversy off the pitch? The main thing is that he stars on the pitch.”

Mancini then went on to stress that Inter should always be challenging for top honours, before adding they can still finish third in the table this term.

“Inter are Inter and they must always be challenging for the top honours. We’ll do everything we can to get into the Champions League this year.”

Inter currently sit ninth in the table with 26 points from 19 games.

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