Former Inter captain Mauro Icardi has shared his belief that moving to Paris Saint-Germain has allowed him to take his career to the next level.
The Argentine striker spent last season out on loan at the Ligue 1 powerhouses from Inter and he completed a permanent switch to the French capital back in May in a deal worth €58 million, including add-ons.
“What image did I have of PSG when I was in Italy? For me they were an impressive team,” he began an interview with French news outlet France Football, which will be published in full tomorrow.
“Huge players wore that shirt. At the time, moving to a club like PSG seemed impossible to me but I had the chance to sign up for them and live here daily. I am very happy to be part of this great club today.”
He then went on to discuss what has surprised him since he has been with Paris Saint-Germain, who he helped to a league and cup double this term.
“What surprised me most about the club when I arrived? That PSG is significantly superior to what I had known before. I went from Sampdoria to Inter but PSG is yet another dimension. PSG are one of the top clubs in the world and moving here has allowed me to reach a new level in my career.”
Next he was asked whether he plans to spend the remainder of his career with the Parc des Princes club.
“Frankly it is a question that is impossible to answer. You never know. To stay in a club like this, you have to demonstrate what you are capable of match after match, season after season. When you are no longer at your level, you must be aware of it and start again.”
In conclusion the former Barcelona academy player spoke on a difference between Serie A and Ligue 1.
“The biggest difference between Serie A and Ligue 1? In Italy football is much more defensive, but even here the teams playing against PSG are used to waiting for us. So in the end it looks a lot like what I knew and experienced in Italy.”
Icardi spent six years with Inter between the Summer of 2013 and Summer of 2019 and in his time with the club he scored 124 goals in 219 appearances across all competitions.