The Argentina international said he was on the verge of joining the Blaugrana and talked with Lionel Messi; however, he ‘made the right decision’ when he chose to stay at Inter.
confirmed that he was so close to close the deal withBarcelona
last summer, but the two parties did not reach an agreement.
I am very happy at Inter and my family is happy here too, so I am not thinking about anything other than staying here,”
Lautaro Martinez told
Sky Sport Italia
“My agent will resolve the various details of my contract. I was close to Barcelona, it’s true. I talked to Messi about it, but in the end I decided to stay with Inter and it was the right decision.”
The 23-year-old is enjoying his first Scudetto win withInter
“People cared so much and we could sense it, seeing all those people before the Sampdoria game, plus of course the joy at the final whistle of Sassuolo-Atalanta. We did it for them and we had so many points above the rest, that showed we did a really good job.
“We talked after the Champions League exit and knew we had to get the Scudetto, as it was all we had left. We worked so hard every day, studying games, and we’re so happy to have done it. I think the most important goal in the title race was Christian Eriksen against Crotone, as he really broke that deadlock.”
Lautaro shares a close friendship with Romelu Lukaku on and off the pitch.
“After the first training session, we talked for two or three hours. He speaks some Spanish, so we were able to communicate straight away. He’d been watching Inter games from the previous season, so he knew everything.
“I didn’t play much in my first six months, but that was natural, as I had to adapt to a new style of football and learn the language too. I’ve grown so much as a player, especially in my defensive work for the team.”
He is also maturing off the pitch as his daughter Nina was born last month.
“She has given me so much strength and I have this sense of calm now, more than I had before.”
Inter are now getting ready for the next campaign with a lot of expectations in the Champions League.
“I think in Serie A you can get along to a degree, but the details make all the difference in the Champions League, so we need to be more focused on the little things and take that step forward.”