Thu 02 December 2021 | 17:15

Messi wanted me to join Barca, Martinez claims

Argentina international Lautaro Martinez claim Lionel Messi wanted his to join Barca before parting ways with the Catalans.

Lionel Messi

parted ways with


after 21 years to start a new journey at the Parc des Princes with the French side, Paris Saint-Germain while his national teammate,

Lautaro Martinez

, whose been playing for


since 2018, renewed his contract with the Italian giants until the end of the 2025-26 campaign.

The talented forwards celebrated Copa America glory last July, as Argentina won their first major trophy in 28 years.

 Martinez recently revealed that Messi wanted him in Barcelona and tried to persuade him for a move to Camp Nou while they were away on international duty.

"We talked about it a lot in the national team, he asked me what the situation was like between me and Inter, but I always remained calm because we talked to the club to find an agreement to be happy here,"

Martinez told Sportmediaset.

"That's how it went and I'm happy to have stayed, I'm fine in Milan: I like my family."

The Argentine striker also reflected on Romelu Lukaku’s departure from the Nerazzurri, saying it was a personal decision.

"Did he regret Chelsea? I don't know, he made a personal choice.

"He was happy at Inter, we talked often but if he chose to leave it was obviously because he felt like it. We are the ones who now work to give Inter the best."

source: SportMob

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