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I was never worried about Icardi, says Mancini as Inter go four clear

December 14, 2015 08:39 IST

Mauro Emanuel Icardi with Inter coach Roberto Mancini

IMAGE: Mauro Emanuel Icardi (left) of FC Internazionale Milano speaks to his coach Roberto Mancini during a Serie A match. Photograph: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Coach Roberto Mancini has insisted that he never doubted his captain Mauro Icardi after the striker scored two goals in Inter Milan's 4-0 victory at Udinese in Serie A.

Icardi has been in and out of the Inter team so far this season, and was hauled off at half time during the 2-1 defeat by Napoli last weekend.

His indifferent start to the season has prompted speculation of a rift with Mancini, while Icardi has also been linked with a move away from the San Siro.

"He put in a great performance," Mancini told Mediaset Premium. "I was never worried about him. He has scored six goals so far which is a good return. (Stevan) Jovetic also had a great game as their understanding with one another is growing."

Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring a goal

IMAGE: Mauro Icardi of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring a goal. Photograph: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Icardi opened the scoring in the first half before adding Inter's third in the second period after a Jovetic effort had given the visitors control of the fixture.

Marcelo Brozovic added a fourth late on as Inter stormed to their 11th victory of the season.

Inter's triumph over Udinese extends their lead at the top of Serie A to four points, after third-placed Napoli failed beat Roma at home on Sunday.

Second-placed Fiorentina too suffered a 1-3 reverse away in Turin, a win that helped champions Juventus climb up to fourth.

Juan Cuardado, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala were on target as Juve chalked up a sixth straight win. 

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