Inter CEO Beppe Marotta underlined his confidence regarding the contract negotiations with Federico Dimarco and Lautaro Martinez, saying the club ‘are negotiating without rushing’.

The Nerazzurri surprised many by reaching the Champions League final last season and they’ve kept up that pace in the new season, flying to the top of the Serie A table and booking their spot in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition.

Inter currently hold a two-point lead over rivals Juventus, their next opponents after the international break, so will be desperate to secure a positive result in Turin as they look to lift their 20th Scudetto this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Marotta first discussed the new contracts for Dimarco and Lautaro, two of Inter’s star players.

“The nice thing about these guys is that they have a strong sense of belonging. This is important for us because it means creating a solid core.

“Extending their contracts has a great moral significance, Ausilio and I are negotiating without rushing because we have mature agents, attached to Inter and everything leads to optimism.”

He looked ahead to the coming Derby d’Italia with his former club Juventus.

“Juve-Inter in history has always been defined as the derby of Italy and it remains as such. If we then also see that we are first against second, the match has an even more beautiful appeal and is a positive aspect for the world of football.”

Finally, Marotta was asked if the derby carries extra significance for him, considering his history in Turin.

“The emotion is always there, considering the many years spent there, but I’m sure it will be a good advert for football.”

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