Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta is optimistic about extending the contracts of some key Nerazzurri squad members.
The executive spoke to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, via FCInterNews, addressing the matter of contract extension talks.
One of Inter’s priorities during the fall has been making progress in contract extension with a number of important players in their squad.
There is Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose contract runs out at the end of next June. Inter want to keep the former Arsenal midfielder around, as he remains a regular starter.
Then, there’s captain Lautaro Martinez. It’s not quite as imminent as with Mkhitaryan, considering the Argentine’s contract with Inter runs out at the end of June 2026.
But the Nerazzurri don’t want to get anywhere near that point without an extension.
They want to secure Martinez’s long-term future, and reward him with a big raise in pay.
Inter CEO Marotta “Optimistic” About Key Contract Extension Talks
“The thing that’s brilliant about these guys is that they feel a strong feeling of attachment to the shirt,” Marotta said.
“That’s allowed us to create a hard core to the team.”
“Extending their time at Inter even has a moral dimension to it,” the CEO said.
He made clear that “Piero Ausilio and I aren’t rushing in the negotiations.”
“We know that they have mature agents, they feel very attached to Inter, and so we’re optimistic,” Marotta added.
And the Inter CEO also gave his thoughts ahead of the upcoming top-of-the-table clash against Juventus.
“It’s always been a match that’s been defined as the Derby d’Italia,” Marotta said.
“And that remains the case.”
“Then of course if it’s between first and second in the table, that makes it all the more appealing,” he continued.
“There’s always emotion on my part when this match comes around, because of all the years that I spent in Turin,” Marotta admitted. Before coming to Inter, he spent nearly a decade at Juventus.
The Inter CEO predicted that “It will be a great advertisement for Italian football.”