Mauro Zarate’s agent has confirmed “we requested the termination of his contract” with Lazio last week.
The Argentine has not played for the club since November and was reportedly fined €500,000 after he was spotted in the Maldives while on injury leave.
“It has been several days since we requested the termination of his contract and we have a great deal of documentation at our disposal,” agent Luis Ruzzi told La Lazio Siamo Noi.
“I don’t want to add anything more, because too much has been written on this situation already. There will be some news soon.”
A legal battle is set to take place, as Zarate claims Lazio prevented him from training and playing, so can have his contract terminated.
The Biancocelesti insist Zarate has been dropped purely as a tactical decision and want to raise money by selling him in the summer.
The situation deteriorated beyond repair in December, when Zarate reportedly refused to sit on the bench against Inter and left the training camp.
A January deal with Dynamo Kiev had been almost completed, but it collapsed and both parties blamed each other for the failure to sell.
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