“Coming back to Barcelona is special because it’s where I started,” the Argentine said. “It will be exciting to play against Barça.”
“Here in Barcelona,” he continued, “after playing as a kid in Canarias, I became a footballer. Going through Barcelona was very important in my career. I am thankful to have learned so much here. All that took me to becoming who I am today.”
Icardi spent three years as a youth teamer in Barcelona before moving onto Sampdoria’s academy. He would eventually debut for Sampdoria’s senior side before moving to Inter.
The forward continued: “I never thought about what would happen when I went to Italy or left Barcelona. I knew that it would be very difficult to play in Primera with Barça. I did not have doubts even for a second, and I’m happy with the decision that I took.”
Icardi also said it was a shame he would not play against his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi, but that they would try to capitalize on the situation.