Giuseppe Marotta: Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez 'must find peace of mind'.

Argentine forward Martinez "must find peace of mind to guarantee Inter the performance levels he showed in the first half of the season".

Martinez continues to be heavily linked with a move to Barca. [Getty]
Martinez continues to be heavily linked with a move to Barca. [Getty]

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta insists forward Lautaro Martinez "must find peace of mind" amid reports linking him with a move to LaLiga giants Barcelona.


Martinez joined Inter from Racing Club in 2018 and has become a key player at the San Siro following his impressive displays, however, it is believed he will be joining the Catalan club once the 2019-20 season comes to an end.


The Argentine's form post the COVID-19 pandemic has been somewhat below par, netting just once in six games and also missed a penalty in the Nerazzurri's 2-1 loss to Bologna on Sunday.


All in all, Inter CEO Marotta reckons the 22-year-old needs to channel his attention to playing on the pitch and ignore reports 'relating to the transfer market'.


"There are two factors to consider, the competitive one and the one relating to the transfer market, which run concurrently," Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.


"Inter don't want to sell a 23-year-old lad like him, but this is a time when rumours are flying about.


"We saw Lautaro the great player in the first half of the season, which caught the attention of big clubs.


"Now, he must find peace of mind to guarantee Inter the performance levels he showed in the first half of the season."


More: Allegri says there was contact from Real Madrid.


On January signing Christian Eriksen, who has struggled for consistency in Antonio Conte's team, he said: "Eriksen joined in January, obviously with problems in an area of the pitch that is suffering from some absences.


"He's a great player and he can certainly give much more. We have to be patient with him.


"There are eight games left and 24 points up for grabs. We've suffered 4 defeats, so many for what Inter represent but not that many in context of our project.


"As for the Europa League, we'll try to win it. We don't know how the other teams in the competition are faring right now, but we must believe. We play to win and this is a big objective for us."



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