Monday July 6 2020
Marotta: 'Lautaro needs peace of mind'

Beppe Marotta has conceded Lautaro Martinez ‘must find peace of mind’ and that Inter ‘have to be patient’ with Christian Eriksen.

Martinez scored 16 goals before the coronavirus lockdown but, amidst speculation linking him with Barcelona, has managed just one more in six games since, also missing a penalty in the 2-1 defeat to Bologna yesterday.

“There are two factors to consider, the competitive one and the one relating to the transfer market, which run concurrently,” continued Marotta to Sky Sport Italia.

“Inter don’t want to sell a 23-year-old lad like him, but this is a time when rumours are flying about.

“We saw Lautaro the great player in the first half of the season, which caught the attention of big clubs.

“Now, he must find peace of mind to guarantee Inter the performance levels he showed in the first half of the season.”

The former Juventus chief was then asked about the form of Eriksen, who has similarly yet to click into gear.

“Eriksen joined in January, obviously with problems in an area of the pitch that is suffering from some absences.

“He’s a great player and he can certainly give much more. We have to be patient with him.

“There are eight games left and 24 points up for grabs. We’ve suffered 4 defeats, so many for what Inter represent but not that many in context of our project.

“As for the Europa League, we’ll try to win it. We don’t know how the other teams in the competition are faring right now, but we must believe.

“We play to win and this is a big objective for us.”

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