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Martinez delighted with Scudetto win

By Reuters
April 24, 2024
Inter Milans Nicolo Barella, Lautaro Martinez and Hakan Calhanoglu celebrate. — AFP
Inter Milan's Nicolo Barella, Lautaro Martinez and Hakan Calhanoglu celebrate. — AFP

MILAN: Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez said he was close to tears after they became the first side to clinch the Serie A title in the Milan derby following their 2-1 win over AC Milan on Monday.

Francesco Acerbi and Marcus Thuram scored in each half to secure Inter’s 20th Serie A title and a sixth consecutive win against Milan, who scored a late goal through Fikayo Tomori. Martinez, the top scorer in Serie A with 23 goals, celebrated his first Scudetto victory as Inter captain having also won the title in 2021.

“Now, I feel like crying because we worked so hard, suffered so much, we deserved this joy. I dedicate it to my family in Argentina, my children, my team mates and all the fans,” the 26-year-old told DAZN.

“I told the lads, we were in a situation that had never happened before, we had to make the most of this opportunity to win in a Rossoneri stadium.” The Argentina international said he is keen to remain at Inter though they have yet to conclude an extension to his current deal, which expires in June 2026.