Inter Milan striker was good friends with former team-mate Maxi Lopez before they got together but now he is looking after Lopez’s three children
INTER MILAN striker Mauro Icardi has recalled the moment him and powerful wife Wanda Nara began their controversial relationship.
Nara, 29, ditched Icardi’s former team-mate and good friend Maxi Lopez in order to start a fling with the 23-year-old in 2013.
Lopez, who has three children with Nara during their marriage, later refused to shake Icardi’s hand when Inter Milan faced Torino in April this year.
But in Icardi’s new book, he revealed that Nara first got in contact with him whilst she was still married.
It reads: “The day before I left for a friendly tour in the US, I got a message from Wanda.
“I was surprised because I usually spoke with Maxi, not with her. She asked me if I could buy a new iPad in the US, it wasn’t available yet in Italy at that time.
“That episode, however, made me think. Did Wanda really want that tablet, or was she seeking an excuse to get in touch with me?
“When I came back to Milan, one of the first things I did was to get reacquainted with Wanda. As I had to hand her the new iPad, that would have been the perfect excuse.
“We texted many times, and it was at that time that we started talking about us a bit more freely. She wrote to me: ‘Mauro, we [Maxi Lopez and her] are going for a ride to the Aeolian Islands with Gonzalo Bergessio and his wife. Why don’t you come with us?’
“Of course I wanted to. While I was alone on the second floor of the boat, lying on the couch and listen to a bit of reggae, Wanda all of a sudden came and sat beside me, without any embarrassment. At that time her relationship with Maxi Lopez was ending.”
Nara is now one of the most powerful woman in Italian football and is Icardi’s agent.
She was the brains behind securing Icardi a new Inter contract which includes a huge £98 million release clause.