Italian giants Inter Milan have confirmed that star striker Mauro Icardi has been stripped of his role as club captain with immediate effect.
Icardi is contracted to Inter until 2021, but with Madrid tipped to launch a large bid for his services during the next transfer window, it remains to be seen if he'll still be a Nerazzurri player in the summer.
Icardi has had a turbulent relationship with the club and its fans and often provides fodder for the gossip columns, partly thanks to his marriage to Argentine media personality Wanda Nara, who was previously married to Icardi's former teammate Maxi Lopez.
That transfer did not happen as Inter rejected Arsenal's loan approach, but Nara's suggestion "personal issues" were behind the forward's desire to leave prompted the club to name Samir Handanovic as their new club captain.
"I have not created any problems for Icardi", Spalletti told DAZN.
The situation became more unclear when Nara, speaking on the Tiki Taka show, said: "I would like Mauro to be more protected by the club because sometimes some bad things come from inside".
Reports of Icardi losing the captaincy took an unusual turn on Tuesday when Inter's Spanish Twitter account displayed a picture of him handing the armband to Lautaro Martinez, accompanied by the "soon" emoji, which was later deleted.
Inter's only hope of silverware this term now lies in the Europa League, with a round of 32 clash against Rapid Vienna to negotiate starting on Thursday.