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Mauro Icardi not for sale: Inter Milan

Inter Milan on Sunday moved to fend off reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United in Mauro Icardi, claiming the Argentinian striker has a "long-term future" at the club.

Mauro Icardi not for sale: Inter Milan
Mauro Icardi has scored 14 goals this season. Photo: Emilio Andreoli/AFP

Interest in Icardi has blossomed recently after the 21-year-old took his Serie A goals tally this season to 14 to sit top of the league scoring charts alongside Juventus marksman Carlos Tevez.

The English media on Sunday republished reports from Italy a day earlier, claiming Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been bombarding Icardi with telephone calls and messages in a bid to lure him to the club.

But Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio said Icardi is going nowhere.

"We're building a squad for the future with some top quality young players, among whom is Icardi," Ausilio told Sky Sport when asked about a reported offer from Chelsea of €40 million ($44.8 million).

"We'll be bringing another player in, but we'll also be counting on Icardi in the future. We have no intention of putting him on the market. Icardi's present, and future, is with us."

Inter, who sit eighth in the league, host Fiorentina on Sunday looking to make it four wins from four as Roberto Mancini's side continue their push for European football next season.

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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