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  • Lautaro Martinez opens up on Barcelona talks and discusses Inter future Lautaro Martinez opens up on Barcelona talks and discusses Inter future

    Lautaro Martinez has confirmed he previously held talks with Barcelona but reaffirmed his desire to now sign a new contract with Inter.

    The Argentina striker was heavily linked with a big-money move to Camp Nou prior to the 2020-21 season after starring in Serie A with the Nerazzurri.

    Martinez admits he was in discussions with Los Cules; however, a move failed to materialise and with Barca's financial woes becoming a huge discussion point in European football the chances of them imminently renewing their interest looks slim.

    Instead, Martinez is focused on committing his future to Serie A leaders Inter, where he has a deal that runs until 2023 with Antonio Conte's side.

    Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: "It's true, I was in negotiations with Barcelona. I was clear with Conte, I told him: 'I think about Inter only, this is not going to affect me.'

    "However, it all belongs to the past, I am going to sign a contract extension with Inter. I don't know when there will be an official announcement. Meanwhile I play. My future is here, I see myself in Milan for a long time.

    "I like everything about this city. The food, the fans, the team. I only have positive feelings."

    Since making his debut in August 2018, Martinez has scored 33 Serie A goals – which ranks 10th in the league in that time.

    He has a modest shot-conversion rate of 12.55 per cent, has registered 95 shots on target and has a big-chance conversion of 36.36 per cent.

    Additionally, Martinez has nine assists, and has created 79 chances for team-mates – 15 of which are defined as 'big chances' by Opta.

    This season alone, he has netted 13 in 23 top-flight appearances – just one fewer than he managed in the whole of last season – to help fire Inter to the top of the table.

    Conte's side are four points clear of rivals Milan having triumphed 3-0 in last week's derby, while defending champions Juventus are eight points back.

    Martinez was reluctant to label Inter as "favourites" for the title but says the team's success is due to the atmosphere created by Conte.

    "Favourites is a word I don't like. But we are on top of the table and this gives us positive feelings. I've never experienced having such a gap from the second-placed [team]," he added.

    "It's not a coincidence. It's the result of the work we do with our coach. As he likes to say: 'We are working to leave Inter as high as possible.'

    "We are a diverse team with Conte, more united, everyone fights for the others, we help each other and it's a good sign."

    Since losing the first derby of the season back in October, Inter have been beaten just once in 19 Serie A matches.

    Pressure had been building on Conte after a start that saw Inter win just three of their opening seven league games, while they were also knocked out of the Champions League.

    Martinez pinpointed their European failure as the moment that turned Inter's season around.

    "Simple, we were eliminated from the Champions League. It hurt so much and we told each other that our target should have been the Serie A title," Martinez said.

    "Conte told us to take care of every little detail, on and off the pitch. That's how you win.

    "That's what we tell each other in the dressing room, every day. That's how you win. We only play to win."

  • A-League: Sanchez strikes late to sink Victory, Adelaide United back to winning ways A-League: Sanchez strikes late to sink Victory, Adelaide United back to winning ways

    Victor Sanchez scored a late winner as Western United came out on top in a seven-goal thriller with Melbourne Victory, while Adelaide United held off Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday. 

    Marvel Stadium was the stage for an A-League drama in the late kick-off, with Western United rallying from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 – only to then have a man sent off as Melbourne fought back to draw level.

    Callum McManaman opened the scoring for the home team but Sanchez's first of the contest, plus a brace from Besart Berisha, put Western United in command. 

    However, they were reduced to 10 men when Tomislav Uskok saw yellow for a second time. Jacob Butterfield closed the gap just after the hour mark and Rudy Gestede made it 3-3 in the 82nd minute, heading in a cross from Dalibor Markovic. 

    Melbourne at that stage appeared favourites to get a winner, yet Sanchez was the hero when his left-footed shot found the net deep into added time.

    Western United have now won four of the five meetings with Victory and are the only opponents in the competition's history to be unbeaten against them.  

    Earlier on, Adelaide put an end to a three-game losing streak against Western Sydney, Craig Goodwin – who has rejoined the club on loan from Al-Wehda – opening the scoring inside two minutes before captain Stefan Mauk doubled the advantage just prior to half-time. 

    Substitute Bruce Kamau pulled a goal for Western Sydney, but a first loss in eight league matches was confirmed when Mohamed Toure made it 3-1 in the 82nd minute. 

    While Mitchell Duke struck late for the hosts, it turned out to be no more than a consolation effort.

    The result sees Adelaide join their opponents on 13 points in the table, with Western Sydney missing out on the chance to move up to second place. 

  • LeBron James hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I've got a powerful voice and I'll never shut up LeBron James hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I've got a powerful voice and I'll never shut up

    LeBron James has vowed never to "just stick to sports" after footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he did not support the NBA star getting involved with politics. 

    Los Angeles Lakers superstar James has been a powerful voice against racism and police brutality, among a host of social issues, in the United States. 

    James is a friend of former United States president Barack Obama and his own foundation supports a school that is aimed at helping disadvantaged children. 

    Milan striker Ibrahimovic told Discovery+ Sport in Sweden: "He's phenomenal what he's doing, but I don't like when people, when they have some kind of status and they do politics at the same time as what they're doing. 

    "Do what you’re good at, do the category you do. I play football because I'm the best in playing football, I don't do politics. 

    "If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. That is the first mistake people do when they become famous and they come in a certain status. 

    "Stay out of it, just do what you're best at, because it doesn't look good." 

    That outburst was shot down by NBA star James, who said it was important to use his platform to shine a light on inequalities and injustice. 

    "At the end of the day, I would never shut up about things," James said. 

    "That's wrong. I appreciate about my people and I appreciate about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voting, voter suppression, things that go in our community, because I was a part of my community at one point and seeing things what's going on. 

    "I see what's going on still because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that's going through the same thing and they need a voice and I'm their voice. 

    "I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, not only in my community but around this country and around the world. There's no way I will ever just stick to sports because I understand this platform and how powerful my voice is." 

    James pointed to the time when Ibrahimovic complained of being racially discriminated against in his native Sweden three years ago, because he did not have a traditionally Swedish name.

    At the time, Ibrahimovic spoke of "undercover racism" in the Swedish media.

    James, therefore, expressed surprise at why Ibrahimovic would make his latest claims.

    "I speak from a very educated mind," James said, "so I'm kind of the wrong guy to actually go at, because I do my homework."

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