It would be an understatement to say Lautaro Martinez’s time in Milan has been chaotic since a July 2018 move from Racing Club. Much of his time has been shadowed by seemingly never-ending rumors of a Barcelona transfer, eventually slowing down when Lautaro’s release clause expired, while he’s struggled to find season-long consistency on the pitch. But now it seems as though one half of the LuLa partnership will be in Milan for years to come, and it comes at a time when Lautaro’s impact on the scoresheet is as big as ever.
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Lautaro pronounced “My future is here and I will be in for a long time.” He also credited Antonio Conte for persuading him to ink a new deal and “changing my mind.” With his current contract expiring in 2023 (Transfermarkt), the next one is likely to go through the 2024/25 campaign at least.
This is great news for the Nerazzurri, who aren’t exactly in a position to go and search for a new striker. Lautaro, coming off a brace against Milan, has been superb this season (15 goals, 7 assists in all comps) and at just 23 years of age still has plenty of room to grow. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than excited to see that growth take place in a Nerazzurri kit.