Inter Milan captain Lautaro Martinez is looking to emulate the longevity of the legendary Javier Zanetti by inking a long-term contract.

The 26-year-old is enjoying the finest year of his career thus far. In the summer, he inherited the captain’s armband following the departure of Samir Handanovic and other senior members of the squad.

Since then, the Argentine has been more prolific than ever. He currently leads the Serie A scoring charts with 14 goals from 15 appearances.

But even though his contract runs until 2026, the Nerazzurri would like to cement their collaboration with the striker by pushing the deadline further back.

According to Il Corriere dello Sport via FcInterNews, Martinez will sign a new contract with Inter at the beginning of the new year.

The source expects the new deal to be valid until 2028.

Moreover, the agreement will include a pay rise. The World Cup winner will be earning 8 million euros per season in addition to various bonuses.

Inter Milan Captain Lautaro Martinez Following The Path Of Javier Zanetti With Long-Term Contract

So as the Roman newspaper puts it, Lautaro is now following in the footsteps of his compatriot Javier Zanetti.

The 50-year-old spent the vast majority of his playing career with the Nerazzurri. He signed for the Italian giants as a young player in 1995 and remained at the club even following his retirement in 2014.

The Argentine legend currently acts as vice-president of Inter Milan.

So while Martinez still has a long road ahead of him to emulate Zanetti’s path, signing a long-term contract indicates a shared desire between the player and the club for a long-term collaboration.