Inter CEO Beppe Marotta confirms the reports that the club is ‘negotiating to extend the contract by another five years’ with captain Lautaro Martinez.

The striker is the most valuable player in the squad, especially after winning the 2022 World Cup with Argentina, while he was a key figure in winning the Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana and reaching the Champions League Final.

Lautaro Martinez won the Gazzetta dello Sport award and Marotta was there to withdraw it on his behalf.

“We are proud as Inter when one of our players wins an individual award, because in a team sport the credit also goes to his teammates,” said the CEO.

“He is improving fast, proving that in sport you start as a talent and must work to become a champion. He is getting closer to that reality and doing it in the best possible way.”

The 26-year-old was signed from Racing Club for €25m in the summer of 2018 and his current contract runs to June 2026.

There are already advanced talks in progress to secure him for the future, as confirmed by Marotta this evening.

“Of course. In fact, we are trying to extend the contract by another five years. We are negotiating and the good thing is that he has this great sense of belonging, which in modern football is truly not to be underestimated.”

It is already the most prolific season of his career, scoring 15 goals in just 19 games between Serie A and the Champions League.

Inter and Juventus seem to be battling it out for the Scudetto, although Marotta joked that the focus on these two clubs is ignoring how early they are into the season.

“You never know, when two sides are battling, the third can often take advantage.”

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