Lautaro Martinez “will not leave Inter and can’t wait to start work with Antonio Conte,” said his agent. “It’s true there was some Barcelona interest.”
His profile shot up considerably over the summer thanks to his Copa America performances, as he now has six goals in 11 senior caps for Argentina.
This prompted speculation that Barcelona wanted to sign the striker who turns 22 next month.
“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” agent Beto Yaque told FCInterNews.
“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful and very satisfying. Lautaro was extremely happy to hear Leo Messi’s compliments and it just made him want to work even harder to achieve his targets.
“However, Lautaro is thinking only of Inter. He is happy with the Nerazzurri and is dreaming big. Conte already called him to explain the working method and is definitely counting on him.
“It’s true, there was some Blaugrana interest for Martinez, although nobody from the club contacted us officially. They are rumours that we know are to a degree true, but I repeat, Lautaro is staying at Inter.
“Let’s just put it this way: if Messi wants to play with Martinez, then he can come to Inter…”