Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta feels proud of the growth of Lautaro Martinez.

Speaking at the Gazzetta Awards, via FCInterNews, the Nerazzurri executive also made clear that the club are aiming to extend the current club captain’s contract.

Martinez has enjoyed a spectacular start to the season.

The 26-year-old has already found the back of the net a whopping fifteen times across all competitions.

And goals are far from the only thing that Martinez brings to the team.

With his linkup play and defensive workrate, Martinez is the player who sets the tone for the entire team’s performances.

That is a big part of why the former Racing Club striker wears the captain’s armband.

He inherited it from Samir Handanovic during the summer after the Slovenian retired.

Martinez was a logical candidate also for his loyalty. The Argentine has been the subject of plenty of transfer interest but has always ultimately stayed at Inter.

The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur have all targeted the Inter striker in the past couple transfer windows.

Barcelona and Manchester City have also chased Martinez during his time at the Nerazzurri.

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta Proud Of Lautaro Martinez, Hoping To Extend Captain’s Contract

“We’re proud that one of our players can receive an award at a ceremony like this,” Marotta said.

“And when a player wins this kind of award, it also shows that his teammates have helped him a lot,” the Nerazzurri executive continued.

“Last season was special for him,” Marotta said of Martinez. “Particularly considering he also became a world champion.”

“He is now entering the elite tier among footballers.”

And as far as Martinez’s future, Marotta didn’t hide that “We are certainly aiming to extend his contract.”

Then, regarding the title race with Juventus, Marotta said that “We’ll see what happens on the pitch.”

“And then maybe a third team can challenge the other two in the race,” he suggested.