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Martinez: Icardi has helped me immensely at Inter

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Lautaro Martinez has praised fellow Inter Milan teammate Mauro Icardi for helping him adapt to the squad.

Martinez is set to return to the field, having recovered from the muscular problem he encountered during international duty with Argentina.

The Argentine forward was instrumental to the Nerazzurri’s rise in form during Icardi’s exile and he recently explained his relationship with his compatriot.

“The first six months in Italy were adaptive: I changed country, team and championship and I didn’t play as much as in Racing, but I always trained to be ready when it was my turn. Now I’m recovering from the injury, I hope to play and help the team “.

“Since I arrived at Inter Mauro has called me and helped me in a lot of things, it is a positive aspect to form a new group.

“At Inter we have changed the system, the one we used most is with a midfielder behind the striker, he and I played together and I felt good.

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 31: Mauro Emanuel Icardi and Lautaro Martinez of FC Internazionale react after Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio scored the opening goal during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 31, 2019, in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“The choice of the number 10? The number on his shoulders is to identify you, I know what it means to be Inter 10,” he said via Calciomercato.

“I do everything with Inter to be called up with Argentina, it is always a great joy to be called. When I wear the Albiceleste shirt I feel something special, I want to be on the next list and in all those that there will be in the future.”

Inter fans are hoping Icardi and Martinez will help them finish in the Champions League places despite the competition for those spots becoming stiffer in recent weeks.