Lautaro Martinez believes Inter Milan need Mauro Icardi back and must resolve their ongoing issues immediately for the good of the entire squad.
The Argentine striker hasn’t featured for Inter since being dropped as captain in favour of goalkeeper Samir Handanovic amid failed talks over a contract extension at the San Siro.
Icardi, who has been officially excused from Inter’s matchday squads due to a knee injury, has been linked with moves to Juventus and Real Madrid recently as doubt over his future grows.
On Tuesday, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta announced that he is hopeful the situation can “mend itself” as talks between the club and Icardi remain ongoing.
And now Martinez, who has picked up most of Icardi’s slack up front for Inter over the past month, hopes to see his compatriot back in the team soon.
“It’s not a great situation, neither for him nor for us who are in the squad,” Martinez told TNT Sports.
“We can’t do much. He must make a decision with the people working with him and around him. We’re on the fringes. We’re people who work like him and we’re available to the club. What happens around him must be resolved with his camp and the club.
The 21-year-old joined Inter last summer in a €22.7m deal from Argentine side Racing Club and scored his sixth Serie A goal of the season in the Nerazzurri’s 3-2 derby win over AC Milan last Sunday.
“I’m very happy with how things are going. I was able to play in my first Milan derby, scoring a goal and winning it,” said Martinez.
“It’s a truly fantastic source of satisfaction. I couldn’t even sleep after it because of all the joy I was feeling.
“What’s changed? Minutes, but I always try to improve every day. The process of adapting to European football takes a few months, and it also depends on the type of player.
“I certainly feel like a more complete player now, one who has learned a different type of football.
“The Italian League is very competitive, where tactics are important in every game. The training sessions are different, so I’d say that’s how you grow as a player, learning another type of football.”