Lazio director calms talk of Milinkovic-Savic exit


Rome (AFP) – Lazio director Igli Tare said Sunday the Serie A club were not interested in selling Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic having turned down a 70 million euro ($86 million) bid last summer.

The 22-year-old has attracted the interest of top European clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.

“Over the summer we received, and refused, an offer worth 70 million euros for Milinkovic-Savic,” Tare told Mediaset Premium.

Milinkovic-Savic arrived in Rome from Belgian club Genk in 2015 and has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season.

“We want to make Lazio a point of arrival for players rather than a stepping stone to bigger clubs,” continued Tare.

“The team was built to achieve certain objectives and from now until the end of the season, there will be no more transfer market distractions.

“We want to win the Italian Cup, Europa League and qualify for the Champions League. We will fight on all fronts but the principal target must be a top four finish in Serie A to reach the Champions League.”

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