Lautaro says ‘Barcelona are the past’, set to extend Inter contract

Inter forward Lautaro Martinez confirms he will soon sign a contract extension with the Nerazzurri: ‘Barcelona are the past.’

The 23-year-old was in talks to move to Barcelona last summer and his contract expires in 2023.

“It’s true, I was in negotiations with Barcelona. I was clear with Conte, I told him: ‘I think about Inter only, this is not going to affect me.’ However, it all belongs to the past, I am going to sign a contract extension with Inter,” the Argentinean told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I don’t know when there will be an official announcement. Meanwhile I play. My future is here, I see myself in Milan for long time. I like everything about this city. The food, the fans, the team. I only have positive feelings.”

Are Inter the favourites to win the Serie A title?

“Favourites are a word I don’t like. But we are on top of the table and this gives us positive feelings. I’ve never experienced having such a gap from the second-placed.

“It’s not a coincidence. It’s the result of the work we do with our coach. As he likes to say: ‘We are working to leave Inter as high as possible.’

“We are a diverse team with Conte, more united, everyone fights for the others, we help each other and it’s a good sign.”
What was the turning point of the season?

“Simple, we were eliminated from the Champions League. It hurt so much and we told each other that our target should have been the Serie A title.

“Conte told us to take care of every little detail, on and off the pitch. That’s how you win.

“That’s what we tell each other in the dressing room, every day. That’s how you win. We only play to win.”

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