President clarifies former Chelsea manager’s future at Lazio

Claudio Lotito is determined to keep hold of Maurizio Sarri’s services next season amid rumours of a potential separation that could see the Chelsea boss terminating his contract with Lazio.

Speaking on Rai Sport, Lotito admitted that he would like to have Sarri at Lazio for the next season. The club president said,

“He [Maurizio Sarri] has a contract that does not expire this year, no one has ever questioned his stay. There is great professional esteem for his dedication to football. He lives on football, he feeds on football, twenty-four hours a day: it’s a positive element, it makes our players grow and makes them responsible for achieving results.”

Under the stewardship of the former Juventus manager, Lazio have had a topsy-turvy campaign this season. They started off well but lost their momentum in the middle.

In recent weeks, they have made a swift comeback, with Sarri’s men now competing for a place inside the top six of the Serie A points table and next season’s Europa League qualification, achieving what would be deemed a success.

It was reported earlier that Sarri would only sign an extension at the Rome-based club if he got assurance over new signings from the club hierarchy ahead of the summer transfer window.

After Lazio’s home defeat to AC Milan, reports circulated that Sarri and Lotito had a dressing room spat. Though, the recent stories from the capital have claimed that the pair have sorted out their differences with talks. Sarri’s current contract at Lazio runs until June 2023.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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