Wednesday May 20 2020
Scaloni: 'Better if Lautaro joins Barca'

Lionel Scaloni admits ‘it’s better’ for Argentina if Lautaro Martinez plays with Lionel Messi at Barcelona but maintains Inter are ‘already a great team’.

Speculation linking Lautaro with Barca has peaked during the coronavirus pandemic, and Scaloni confessed a move to Camp Nou would only enhance the striker’s understanding with Messi for his national team.

“If Lautaro’s lucky enough to play with a teammate like Messi then it’s better for us,” the Argentina CT told RTVE.

“I think he’ll be the benchmark striker for the next few years and I hope he can do well.”

Despite that, the former Lazio and Atalanta wingback assured he had no qualms with the 22-year-old staying at Inter.

“Lautaro’s a great striker so he has to play for a great team, but he’s already at a great team competing at the highest level, so it’ll be very difficult to pry him away.

“If he does change clubs, however, I hope he does well.”

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