Icardi and Lautaro are Inter’s future- Zanetti

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Former Argentine footballer Javier Zanetti arrives on the Green Carpet ahead of The Best FIFA Football Awards at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Inter Milan’s Vice-President Javier Zanetti believes Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez represent the future of the club.

Spalletti’s men returned to winning ways in the Serie A with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Parma to maintain the third spot after a poor run of form.

Despite his goal drought in recent weeks, Zanetti has defended Icardi and backed Martinez to become a key figure for the club moving forward.

“We’re fortunate to have Lautaro,” he told Goal Italy. “He’s a big surprise for me as I didn’t know him personally, but I saw him play and I liked him a lot.

“He’s doing well and will have a great future. He told Football Italia.

“Icardi is a well-known goalscorer, we are lucky to have him at Inter and I think he and Lautaro represent the future.”

BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Franco Semioli of Genua runs with the ball during the Uefa Champions League qualifying match between Werder Bremen and Sampdoria Genua at Weser Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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According to the former Fiorentina and Chievo Verona player, the Italy national team will suffer in the future because of the few youth prospects.

Meanwhile, Zanetti further disclosed Inter’s targets this season, as they continue to sit just ahead of the chasing pack in the race for Champions League qualification.

“Our goal was to qualify for the Champions League,” he added. “That was a starting point and now we have to improve. The team is growing, it has an identity and aspires to improve not only on the pitch.”

The Nerrazurri fans would be hoping their side win the Europa League this season in the bid to end their trophy drought.