In a shock announcement on Wednesday, Inter Milan have confirmed that Mauro Icardi is no longer their club captain.
Inter have taken the armband away from Icardi and handed it to goalie Samir Handanovic.
Inter offered no explanation for their decision.
The 25-year-old Argentine has long been rumoured to be thinking about a San Siro exit.
Icardi (9 Serie goals this season) is under contract with Inter until 2021, and there’s been no movement on talks over a new contract extension.
At Inter, Icardi has often been the best player in an underperforming side.
Indeed, while Inter were in the Champions League this season, that’s the first time Icardi had competed in world football’s premier club competition.
Putting two and two together to get five, many will conclude that Inter’s move to demote Icardi is a sign that the striker doesn’t have a long term future at the club.
An alternative explanation may be that Inter are just a shambles.