​The lawyer of Mauro Icardi has insisted that the controversial striker only opted to sue Inter in order to try to regain a place in the team, adding that he is not interested in the financial side of the issue.

Icardi chose to ​pursue legal action after new manager Antonio Conte banished him from the first team. It also emerged that, as part of the case, Icardi had demanded €1.5m in damages as a result of being unable to play.


However, speaking to ​Sport Mediaset, lawyer Giuseppe Di Carlo insisted that his client did not want to demand money, but a flaw in the legal system meant that it was a requirement if ​Icardi wanted to pursue the case.

He said: “I want to clarify that the request for damages is a necessary consequence of the legal action and not a personal initiative by the player. It would’ve been an incomplete document without requesting at least 20% of the salary as compensation. Once you take that action, the issue of compensation becomes obligatory.

"If the court rules in his favour, the compensation will be a natural consequence. It applies to everyone, not just to Icardi.

“It’s a situation where money is irrelevant because what Icardi wants is to be an integral part of the ​Inter project. How is it possible in two months of pre-season training he hasn’t taken part in a single friendly?

“Now we must wait up to five days for the tribunal to accept the case and I think they’ll wait until the transfer window has closed on Monday evening. Obviously, if Icardi were to complete a transfer, the legal action would be dropped.”


Icardi's last appearance for Inter came in the 2-1 win over Empoli at the end of the last ​Serie A season, and he has since been overlooked by Conte, who spent heavily to bring in ​Romelu Lukaku as his replacement.

As a result, Icardi has been heavily linked with an exit, with the likes of ​Juventus and ​Napoli thought to be keen. However, the transfer window closes on Tuesday, so any deal now appears incredibly unlikely.