Tare: 'De Vrij is leaving Lazio'

Ruben Hill
February 20, 2018

Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij is set to leave Lazio for nothing in June, according to the Italian club's sporting director.

As well as Chelsea, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Zenit in Russian Federation are all following the situation closely.

Though De Vrij has been free to discuss offers from other clubs since the turn of the year, Tare insists that the decision to pull out talks with one of their star assets is not down to him agreeing terms elsewhere.

That clearly wasn't enough, and now, it's up to the highest bidder.

The Netherlands worldwide will be a free agent in six months, and Lazio were motivated to turn down offers for his services last summer.

Juventus and Inter have also been linked with the center back, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Liverpool were reportedly interested in signing Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji prior to his move to Borussia Dortmund in January, highlighting the likelihood of another arrival.

Lazio have withdrawn their contract offer to defender Stefan de Vrij and confirmed he will be leaving the club in the summer.

'He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that as well as what he'll do until the end of the season.

"It was a choice made after many months or even years of negotiations, but there is a limit to how things went".

"It's a matter of fairness".

The no-nonsense Dutch worldwide has proven absolutely vital in the impressive campaign enjoyed by Simone Inzaghi's Biancocelesti to this point, having featured from the start in 24 of the club's 25 league outings (including tonight).

But on Monday evening, the Biancoceleste's Director of Sport Igli Tare gave the final word, "he won't renewal with us". Now it is better to look ahead, Lazio has grown a lot in these years and will continue to grow a lot in the years to come, there are plenty of good players in the world, we will have to be good at finding the right ones. We no longer wish to continue along this path.

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