Messi has praised inter-star Martinez in connection with Barcelona

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Retrieved 15 May 2020, 06:02 IST

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi (L) and Inter’s Lautaro Martinez (R)

Lionel Messi has described Lautaro Martinez as a “complete forward” in the growing connection of La Liga champions Barcelona.

The Spanish giants are determined to sign a long-term replacement for veteran Luis Suarez and have advised inter-star Martinez to leave Neymar for Barুরিa.

Messi has previously praised Argentina team-mate Martinez, who scored 116 goals in 31 games across all competitions in 2012-2016 before the coronavirus epidemic brought the game to a standstill.

Asked about Martinez, Barারa superstar Messi told Mundo Deportivo: “If I’m being truthful, I don’t know if it’s discussed now or not, I have no idea.

“I think I’ve already mentioned it, Lautaro is an impressive striker, especially because I think he’s very much ahead.

“He’s strong, he dribbles well, he scores, he knows how to defend the ball … but well, we have to see what happens to him and the other players in the end.”

In connection with the former star and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, Messi added: “There are a few people at the club who are in charge of the signing theme and they choose the ones who are best for them.

“It’s clear that the situation we’re in is going to make the market a little weird, and you have to be sure to improve what we have.”

When La Liga was postponed in March due to the Coliad-19, Bar করেছিলa cleared two points from arch-rivals Real Madrid in two bitter matches.