Lautaro Martinez signs new Inter contract

Tom Gott
Lautaro Martinez has signed a new contract
Lautaro Martinez has signed a new contract / Alessandro Sabattini/GettyImages

Inter have confirmed that striker Lautaro Martinez has put pen to paper on a new contract at San Siro, tying himself to the club until 2026.

The 24-year-old was approaching the final 18 months of his contract, but talks over an extension had been ongoing for months and there has long been an expectancy that Martinez would ink fresh terms at some point.

Well, that day is finally here as Inter took to their official website to confirm that Martinez has agreed the terms of a bumper new five-year contract to commit himself to the club until the summer of 2026.

The announcement ends a back-and-forth saga in which Martinez has been both close to the exit door at San Siro and a certainty to stay.

Martinez spent the majority of the 2019/20 season incessantly linked with Barcelona, who were expected to launch a big-money bid to bring the Argentine over to Camp Nou, only for the COVID-19 outbreak to put an end to that.

He even admitted later on that he was 'very close' to joining Barcelona, even speaking with international team-mate Lionel Messi about the transfer, but the Catalan side's financial struggles soon brought an end to that.

The rumours never really faded, but Martinez's head was solely focused on winning the Serie A title with Inter in 2020/21.

17 goals and ten assists fired Inter to glory, but the departure of Antonio Conte last summer again saw Martinez's name enter the rumour mill.

Inter were keen to make one big sale to balance their books and Premier League sides Arsenal and Tottenham were both keen on making it Martinez. However, after Romelu Lukaku was sold to Chelsea, the exit door for the Argentine was firmly closed.

With the speculation now over once and for all, Martinez has begun the current season in impressive form, firing home five goals in his first nine games to keep Inter in the chasing pack at the top of the Serie A standings.