Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta expects no problems with Lautaro Martinez’s contract extension, and also believes there is respect with Juventus.
The Nerazzurri executive spoke to Italian broadcaster RAI Sport, via FCInterNews.
As things stand, Inter captain Martinez’s contract runs until the end of June 2026.
That’s still plenty of time to go. But the Nerazzurri are reportedly keen to secure the Argentine’s long-term future with a new deal.
Reports have suggested that Inter and Martinez’s representatives have been working out a new contract until the end of June 2028.
By all accounts, Martinez is happy to sign a new deal and keen to sign an extension.
And the official announcement may not be too far away.
But as things stand, Martinez has yet to put pen to paper.
However, Inter CEO Marotta feels that there is absolutely no cause for alarm as far as the future of Martinez and the status of a contract extension.
Marotta: Lautaro Contract Extension No Problem, Inter & Juventus Respect
As far as the status of talks with Martinez and his entourage, Marotta said that “We’ve taken a step back from them for the moment, because of all the other commitments.”
“The thing that’s to our advantage is that both parties want to continue our relationship,” he continued.
Marotta confidently predicted that “I would say there will be no problem.”
And the Inter CEO also answered a question about the Serie A title race against Juventus.
Regarding the fact that Inter could end up being four points adrift of Juventus with two games in hand, he said that “That’s the result of the fixture list. The fact that we will have played one match less than them.”
“That’s the way that it is. And then all the ironies and metaphors will come up.”
“But the important thing is that there’s respect on and off the pitch between the clubs,” Marotta made clear.
The veteran executive had spent nearly a decade at Juventus prior to joining Inter.
“Now we’re just waiting for February 4, when the match we all know as the Derby d’Italia will be played.”
Marotta played his cards close to his chest regarding recent remarks by Bianconeri coach Max Allegri.
“I’m in favour of good faith,” he said.
“Allegri certainly has his role to play in his own milieu,” Marotta continued.
The Nerazzurri CEO said that “We’ll respond when it’s the right time.”
And Marotta also gave a glowing review of his team’s performance in the Supercoppa Italiana semifinal against Lazio.
“Against Lazio we saw some very high-quality passages of play,” he said.
“That’s to the credit of a coach who has instilled his teachings in the players, as well as a winning mentality.”
“But it is also thanks to the players who are at the centre of it all.”
“Let’s not forget that our main objective is to win,” Marotta added.