Monday January 20 2014
‘I don’t want to sell Hernanes’

Hernanes and Claudio Lotito have both shied away from transfer speculation linking the Brazilian with a move away from Lazio.

With his contract currently expiring in June 2015, where reports have suggested the playmaker is keen to open renewal talks, the Aquile have been reported as ready to listen to offers come next summer.

However, on from scoring a late winner for the team after coming off the bench on Sunday at Udinese, the 28-year-old dismissed such talk.

“I do not want to hear these stories, I want to focus on my work and help the team,” Hernanes told reporters yesterday.

It was quickly followed by a similar message from club President Claudio Lotito: “I do not want to sell him, we will have to receive an indecent offer, €17m will not be enough.”

Hernanes also reflected on his goal yesterday, which came after starting the game dropped from Edy Reja’s line-up.

“I thank God for helping me to get out of this moment, he gave me so much strength. I dedicate it to the fans, my friends, to all those who were waiting for one of my goals.

“The Coach told me that I was not starting and I was relaxed, I was calm as I should have been. I congratulate everyone [for the win] because it was not easy for the moment we were in.”

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