De Boer wants Icardi to lead Inter challenge


New Inter boss Frank de Boer insists captain and star striker Mauro Icardi will not leave the club as he plots to end Juventus' dominance of Serie A.

The former Netherlands international has signed a three-year deal at San Siro to succeed Roberto Mancini, who left his role amid reports of a dispute with club owners Suning Holdings Group.

A succession of heavy pre-season defeats preceded Mancini's exit, with De Boer confirming the club approached him in the aftermath of last Friday's 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

But the 46-year-old was bullish over Inter's prospects at his first news conference as coach and he expects Icardi - a reported transfer target for Arsenal and Napoli over the course of the close-season - to play a key role in attempting to stop Juve adding a sixth consecutive league title this season.

"I thank Inter for choosing me," De Boer said. "I spoke with the owners and everyone wants to bring the club where it deserves to be. 

"Juventus are not unbeatable, sometimes things change. They have a great team and it will be tough, but we want to fight. 

"We will keep the players who do not want to sell. Icardi will remain."