Inter want Champions League return – Icardi

The club failed to qualify for Europe last season, but are targeting a top three finish this term after investing heavily in their squad

Mauro Icardi is determined to lead Inter back into the Champions League next season.

The Nerazzurri failed to qualify for European football last term after finishing eighth in Serie A, but have already invested heavily in their squad this summer.

Inter have signed Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco, Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda, Colombian defender Jeison Murillo and Barcelona’s Martin Montoya.

And Icardi, who signed a four-year contract extension in June after ending last season as the top goalscorer in Italy, believes Inter are ready to challenge for top honours again.

“Inter have decided to make a leap,” Icardi told Sport Mediaset.

“It’s been three or four years without winning anything, we need to get back to playing in the Champions League.

“That’s the goal we all have in our heads. The club has done what I expected, they want to build a competitive squad and the transfer market has shown that, they’ve already brought in important players.

“Last year was the most important year, I decided to stay at Inter. I became top scorer, and that was a great feeling.

“Now I miss playing for something important, to win the league, or get into Europe. I want Inter to do better things than last year. We want to finish as high as possible.”

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