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Inter Milan remain optimistic on Lautaro Martinez’s stay.

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Lautaro Martinez transfer continues to be a hot topic. [Getty]
Lautaro Martinez transfer continues to be a hot topic. [Getty]

Inter sealed a 2-1 win over Sampdoria in the Serie A which returned to action over weekend.

Inter Milan's general director Beppe Marotta is convinced Lautaro Martinez will continue to ply his trade at the San Siro next season amid reported interest from Barcelona.

The Argentina international, who netted in the Nerazzurri's 2-1 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, is a summer transfer target for Barca as the Spanish club believe the Inter forward is an ideal replacement for veteran striker Luis Suarez.  

And, Marotta hopes they can hold onto one of their best players Martinez this summer.

"It's well-known clubs are interested," he told SPORT. "He's a quality player and has had an extraordinary season. As we have always said, Inter have no intention of selling out players. If they don't want to (go), we will keep them with us. 

"Lautaro's flattered by the attention from other clubs, but I am optimistic he will continue with us next season. If he doesn't express a desire to leave, we will keep him. 

"That said, he's not played for three months, we have to wait. One game's not enough to assess it. He is young, he's flattered to be getting attention from big clubs. 

"On our side, there's a desire to keep him and he's never expressed that he really wants to go. I am optimistic."

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