Since leaving Napoli following the expiry of his contract earlier this summer, Dries Mertens has not managed to find a new club. While the player wishes to continue his career in Italy, interested parties have not come forth with an offer for the Belgian star.
In an interview with Radio Sei, Lazio president Claudio Lotito confirmed that they had not made any offer for the free agent in the summer transfer window. As quoted Il Mattino, the chief of the Rome-based club said:
“I have never contacted the Belgian.
“We have never heard or have offered him any contract because our squad does not need it.”
It was previously reported that Maurizio Sarri would like to sign his former protege at Lazio. During the Tuscan’s time at Napoli, Mertens made 135 appearances, amassing 67 goals and 33 assists across all competitions.
It is understood that the forward and the manager share a deep affection for each other, apparently giving birth to the rumours of Lazio’s interest in Mertens. But, as it appears from Lotito’s comments, those were nothing but mere hypotheses.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder