Lautaro Martinez calls for Inter to finally end Mauro Icardi saga

MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Mauro Emanuel Icardi and Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale look on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Sassuolo at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 19, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

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.

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Ancelotti is disappointed with Napoli

The manager says his team lacked motivation as they were defeated by Atalanta, and doesn't like the way his team is playing in the second half of the season.

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.”

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 24: Lautaro Martinez (C) of FC Internazionale celebrates his goal with his team-mates during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Frosinone Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 24, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)