In an interview with Tag24, the president of the Biancocelesti admitted the Serbian received an intriguing offer from Saudi Arabia, subsequently asking the club to leave.
“Currently, I haven’t signed anything. I’m not sure whether it’s true or just rumors but I haven’t been told that any deal was completed,” stated Lotito.
“Though, I have been informed the player received a lucrative offer even though for the club it’s less so. The player asked to leave since he’s been at Lazio for eight year. It’s not a relationship problem between him and the club but merely seeking a change of scenery.”
He added, “I don’t know if it’s a matter of motivation but if someone wants to go to Saudi Arabia, the motivation is solely financial. Though, you should ask him the reasoning.”
“I tried until the last moment to keep him, but when someone asks me to let them go for personal reasons, what can I do? We were willing to renew his contract and increase his wages.”
“I have a good relationship with him, but ultimately, the player decides what he wants to do in life. He called me begging me to let him go. I made a commitment to the player that if a reasonable offer at a minimum figure for Lazio arrived, he could leave.”
“The offer is lower than €50 million, slightly less. This is an act of faith I am showing towards him based on a commitment I made.”