Lazio Director Fabiani: ‘Luis Alberto? Contracts are to be respected, we want to keep Felipe Anderson’


Lazio Sporting Director Angelo Fabiani responded to Luis Alberto’s requests to leave the club, and also suggested that the Biancocelesti are keen to keep Felipe Anderson. Alberto commented after Lazio’s 4-1 win over Salernitana, suggesting that he had asked the club to leave this summer. Speaking with the clubs official channels, Fabiani commented on the situation, saying contracts must be respected, while also suggesting they are keen to keep hold of Felipe Anderson:

“We are coming from a difficult period, so it was necessary to earn points and continue to do so. It’s right for an executive to face the situation when things aren’t going well. It’s also right to step back when things aren’t going well. In short, nothing new.”

The DS also addressed Luis Alberto’s situation: “These things have been happening since football exists. Yesterday, I believe, was not the most suitable evening. I cannot enter a player’s mind. With Tudor’s arrival, he told me that he probably preferred to change teams for reasons I don’t want to mention here. I told him, ‘We have a duty to finish the season in the best way possible, then we will evaluate all situations.’ No one promised or signed resolutions. I would like to remind you that last summer the player’s contract was renewed for four years. Among other things, there was a moment of hesitation, and he didn’t want to go to the retreat with the team. After my mediation, we reached a contract. Six months later, he leaves all the money to Lazio and everything else. I want to say that contracts are made to be respected. This is a situation that needs to be carefully and calmly explored.”

“It’s clear that this will not go unnoticed by the club. We don’t want to make war with anyone. It’s also true that we don’t accept compromises of any kind. His contract was renewed on his terms. Six months later, this comes out. Afterward, I will talk to him to understand the reasons.”

“We are proceeding with contract renewals. We renewed Patric’s contract as we had promised. We also renewed Provedel’s and some other players’. We are talking to Anderson’s entourage and we made him a five-year proposal. This proposal was also dictated by the fact that we have an exemplary professional in front of us. He can stay even after his playing career. I can guarantee you that these are not insignificant figures. Luis Alberto is also the second most important player. This is because the president did not want to dismantle the team. For example, with Milinkovic-Savic, the president made him a promise and kept it. We will also move on to Zaccagni’s situation. There too, we will try to meet the player’s demands. To sign a contract, there must be willingness on both sides.”

“I say that each of us, being exposed figures in this profession, may experience both applause and other negative reactions. In life, one must face things in the same way, whether they are positive or negative.”

“On Kamada’s situation: We tied Kamada to us for a year. We wanted more than a year, but the entourage and the player wanted to try for a year first. This is a matter for the player, and we granted him this clause just to get him. The important thing is to move forward with planning. For me, everyone is useful, and no one is indispensable.”

“At Coverciano, they teach that one should never resign. A coach has a thousand ways to get sacked. We tried to convince Sarri until 6:00 PM. He had perhaps understood that the toy was no longer working, and he begged us to accept this choice. The respect for the man by the club is demonstrated by the fact that we will pay his and his staff’s salary until the end of the season. He was ready to leave everything. However, Lotito wanted, because he believes Sarri is a good person, to recognize his salary until the end of the season. With Tudor, we immediately moved towards a solution that gave us the opportunity to start a technical project.”

“On the relationship with President Lotito: Lotito has never imposed a decision on me. He has always given me a free hand, and I have made mistakes in some cases. In those cases, he took the credit for the decision even though the responsibility was mine. He is very protective. In football, as in life, money doesn’t matter; ideas do. This year, Bologna is having an outstanding season with good players. Last year, Napoli won the league with 18-20 points ahead and is experiencing the same difficulties this season. There is a lot of work to do. If I do something, I always do it for the good of the fans. It annoys me, excuse the term, when messages are sent to mislead the fans. This is a method that doesn’t work. Here, you might get the idea that there is no club. For me, however, the club is not seen in front of the cameras.”


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