If Lionel Messi really wants to play with Lautaro Martinez at club level, he must join Inter Milan, according to the player's agent who ruled out a move to FC Barcelona.
With Barca reportedly looking for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, Martinez has emerged as target after impressing at the Copa America.
Martinez has scored six goals in 11 matches for Argentina, and had no problem combining with Lionel Messi.
However, the striker's agent, Beto Yaque, has now revealed the 21-year-old will remain with Inter this season.
“Lautaro Martinez will not leave Inter and he can’t wait to start work with Conte,” Yaque told FCInterNews.
“Obviously, being praised by the best player in the world is wonderful and very satisfying. Lautaro was extremely happy to hear Leo Messi’s compliments and it just made him want to work even harder to achieve his targets.
“However, Lautaro is thinking only of Inter. He is happy with the Nerazzurri and is dreaming big. Conte already called him to explain the working method and is definitely counting on him.
“It’s true, there was some Blaugrana interest for Martinez, although nobody from the club contacted us officially. They are rumours that we know are to a degree true, but I repeat, Lautaro is staying at Inter.
“Let’s just put it this way: if Messi wants to play with Martinez, then he can come to Inter…”