Lautaro Martinez started playing for Argentina national team on March 27, 2018. Since then, he has made 19 appearances alongside FC Barcelona football icon, Lionel Messi, scoring 10 goals.
Messi was linked with a move to Inter Milan last summer after he asked FC Barcelona to allow him to leave for free. But the deal could not materialize due to the €700 million released clause that was attached to Messi’s contract.
The 33-year-old 6 times Ballon d’Or winner who has been at Barcelona throughout his professional football career, has less than 6 months to the end of his contract with the Spanish club and talks to extend the contract has been put on hold since last summer.
Recently, Lautaro Martinez revealed he was looking forward to playing alongside his countryman at Inter Milan describing him as an amazing player.
“It was a big dream for me,” Lautaro told Sportweek. “It’s amazing to play with him, he is the best player in the world and I am lucky enough to play with him in the national team. He is an inspiration for young players.”
The 23-year-old center-forward went on to comment on his teammate and strike partner at Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku, who he described as a humble player.
Lautaro Martinez revealed that Lukaku who joined Inter Milan in 2019 from Manchester United was able to settle down well at Milan because the Belgian could speak 8 different languages. He noted that he and the striker are connecting well on and off the pitch.
“I fell well with him, on and off the pitch. He is such a nice guy, he speaks eight languages and it’s important in a team like ours. He is so humble too, his history is similar to mine. We come from nothing, we understand each other.”
On his stay at Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez stressed that he is happy at the club amid transfer rumors linking him with a move out of the club. He also stressed that he is looking forward to extending his stay at the Italian Serie A club.
Martinez joined Inter Milan from an Argentine club, Racing Club on July 4, 2018, for a transfer fee worth €25 million. His contract with Inter Milan will expire on June 30, 2023.
“I am happy at Inter, Milan is a great city. My agent and the club are talking and I am calm. I only want to give everything for Inter, then we’ll reach an agreement.”
So far this season, the Argentina international has scored 9 league goals and provided 4 assists in 17 league games. He has played 24 games in all competitions scoring 10 goals and providing 5 assists.