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Lautaro has a lot to learn at Barcelona – Stoichkov


Lautaro Martinez will learn a lot at Barcelona amid growing speculation the Inter star is set to join the Liga champions, according to Hristo Stoichkov.

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Stoichkov played for Barca across two spells – winning five La Liga titles and the European Cup among other honours – and he told TyC Sports: “Martinez has great ability.

“He’s going to learn a lot at Barcelona. He has a great teacher like Luis Suarez. And he will have a good understanding with [Lionel] Messi, [Antoine] Griezmann and [Ousmane] Dembele.

“He likes to compete a lot, not just score goals. He’s growing every day. I think he’s proving that this year.

“The question is not whether he can play or not, the important thing is to compete. He has to train, he has to get into this style of play. I spent eight years at Barcelona playing both left and right [wing].

~Lautaro Martinez

“Everyone is a substitute and a starter; it depends on how you train during the week.”

Not everyone thinks Martinez should switch Inter for Barcelona, however, with Fabio Capello warning the Argentine star he’d likely only be a substitute at Camp Nou.

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“Lautaro Martinez is a very good player,” Capello told El Larguero. “He has everything – a lot of quality, very fast moves and also he’s very good when he shoots on goal.

“Going to Barcelona and becoming a starter with Luis Suarez there is difficult. I think it is better to be a starter at Inter than a substitute at Barcelona.”

Racing’s president of youth football Adrian Ruben Fernandez recently revealed Messi has called Lautaro about playing for Barca and believes a move will happen sooner rather than later.

“Messi called him and wants him by his side soon, I have no doubt,” Fernandez told Sport. “For that reason, the deal to sign him is almost there.

“I know things will go well in Barcelona and that Lautaro will be an excellent replacement for Suarez. He’s the ideal heir. Thanks to Barca he will continue to grow as a player and a man.”

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Setien: I’m not pessimistic or optimistic about potentially signing Lautaro


Barca head coach Quique Setien said he was neither “pessimistic or optimistic” about potentially signing Inter forward Lautaro Martinez.

Martinez, 22, is linked with a move to the La Liga giants after scoring 16 goals in 31 games for Inter this season.

Barcelona are also reportedly interested in bringing Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar back to Camp Nou.

Setien was unsure about Barca’s chances of signing Martinez, while saying the coronavirus pandemic would impact transfers.

“We talk about transfers, but this pandemic is going to condition many things. The situation of the clubs will be economically complicated,” he told Onda Cero on Sunday.

“I am not pessimistic or optimistic with Lautaro. I like how I like great footballers, but I have no illusions with any.”

The La Liga season was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic with Barcelona holding a two-point lead with 11 games left to play.

Setien, 61, would like to complete the campaign, although admitted it would be tough with Covid-19 having killed more than 164,000 people worldwide, with Spain’s death toll exceeding 20,400.

“We all want the championship to end even if it is behind closed doors,” he said. “But I would like to be guaranteed that there would be no problem.”

Setien added: “I see it difficult to resume the championship. Until some light is seen, I prefer to stay at home.”

The Spanish manager became Barcelona’s coach in January following the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde.

However, he was close to joining an Egyptian club before the Blaugrana came calling following seven months out of work after leaving Real Betis.

“Days before Barcelona called me, I was about to leave to coach in Egypt,” Setien told El Larguero as per Marca.

“I would’ve coached Barcelona for free. Well, maybe not for free, but in almost any circumstance.”


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