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Italian giants Lazio have secured the future of Italian international Antonio Candreva after buying his full rights from fellow Italian club Udinese for an undisclosed fee, it has been announced.
Candreva joined the Italian giants on a co-ownership deal back in 2012 with both clubs owning 50 percent of the player’s sporting and economical rights. The player is under contract with the Roman club till the summer of 2018 and had a great season for the club with 12 goals and 6 assists, helping the Eagles to finish in ninth in the 2013/14 Serie A season.
The club released a statement following a deal which read that it had resolved the co-ownership deal for the player in its favor.
The 27 year old, who has now returned to Italy after the former world champions crashed out from the group stages of the World Cup, was linked with big money moves abroad after a strong season with Lazio where he was one of their key players.
According to the Italian media reports, Serie A champions Juventus and French powerhouse Paris Saint Germain were eager to move for the player but with Udinese selling their co-ownership rights, it is now up to the Biancoceleste to decide whether they want to keep the player or cash in on him.
Although the club president has ruled out that the player will not be going anywhere, both the European powerhouses will be keen to test the resolve of the club as they seek to add reinforcements to their squads.
Meanwhile, Lazio has also on the verge of securing the signing of Serbian full back Dusan Basta from Udinese.
A statement on the club website read that they will soon announce the signing of the player once it is confirmed by both parties and the Italian FA.
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The future of Lazio hitman Miroslav Klose has been thrown into doubt after the striker admitted that his future will be decided in the next few weeks. He is out of contract at the end of the campaign, but is one of the deadliest strikers in the world, he is definitely in demand. The German international is very close to beating the record of Brazil striker Ronaldo for the most number of goals scored in World Cup finals. He is intent on getting this record at the upcoming World Cup 2014, which would also be his final major tournament with Germany.
Since coming to Italian football with Lazio, Klose has been a regular first-team player whenever he has been fit. The 35-year-old is coming to the end of his career, which has sparked speculation that he may return to Germany or even try a stint in MLS. Despite rumours about retirement at the end of the campaign, Klose has said that he feels that he still has a lot to offer to the game even at this age. It is quite conceivable that he may play in Germany for another year before moving to MLS. As far as international career is concerned, he plans to announce his retirement after the World Cup.
“I can still play at a high level for two or three more years. I thank God that there are so many interesting options there for me. There are so many false rumours that have gone around, what is certain is that I want to continue playing at a high level. I think that the World Cup in Brazil will be my last international tournament,” said the striker. Klose has been playing for Lazio since 2011. He has scored 40 goals in 97 appearances for the Italian team.
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Last week’s match between PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and S. S Lazio saw Slovakian national Roman Bezjak claim a 1-0 win over Lazio.
The first leg swung quite to & fro, but during an enthralling 2nd leg, Lazio took the upper hand in eighteen seconds as Brayan Perea put Lazio ahead. The hosts got even through Hristo Zlatinski and Roman Bezjak as Miroslav Klose seemed to see Lazio through till Quixada’s delayed intervention. Lodogorets gave just 2 goals during the group phase while Vladislav Stoyanov, the goalkeeper was outstanding at Stadio Olimpico. Nevertheless he was immediately defeated back to Razgrad.
The hosts kick started the game pretty well, but almost immediately, gave the match away while Balde broke the left down prior to bagging the 2nd fastest goal in the brief history of Europa league.
The first half was quite eventful post which Balde was caught offside, which was the 3rd caution before the half time. Following Balde team mates Bezjak and Konko were cautioned as well.
Just a little earlier than half time, Cosmin Moti followed for fouling Keita Balde. Again in the second half Lazio struck pretty early although not as dramatically like the first half. Unlike the first half they had to linger eight whole minutes before the breakaway was broken as Perea held on to Onazi’s pass and ended with style.
There was no pause form Lazio at the initial stage of the 2nd leg with Antonio Candreva curling over post combining with Lucas Biglia. Nevertheless the 2nd goal they were worried about, soon came as Onazi sensibly weighted pass Perea, and he easily played past Stoyanov.
The champions from Bulgaria responded spiritedly while Bezjak cut down the deficit time, post putting off the woodwork. Espinho dissected the back line of Lazio as the stiker hit the ball via deflection the top corner.