Wednesday August 23 2017
Hernanes: 'My big Lazio regret'

Hernanes believes Lazio have gained with Lucas Leiva replacing Lucas Biglia and confessed to his greatest football regret.

The former Aquile midfielder went on to Inter and Juventus, then a brief spell in China and is now in Brazil at Sao Paulo.

“I decided to go to China because I play football for objectives and the path to achieve them had been blocked off at Juventus, so I had to change direction,” he told Radiosei.

“I no longer liked playing in that role and so infrequently. I didn’t feel right in that situation. I went to China, struggled to adapt and Sao Paulo contacted me. It was a choice from the heart too.

“Lazio will always remain in my heart. The two experiences where I had the closest bond with the fans was here at Sao Paulo and in Rome.

“I’ll be honest, I was cheering on Lazio in the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.”

Yet Hernanes was criticised by Biancocelesti supporters for his celebration to the stands when returning to the Olimpico.

“I regret few things in my life, but that celebration is one of them. It was aimed at (Lazio President Claudio) Lotito, but it is a stain that hurt the fans. I hadn’t realised the significance it could take on for them.”

Hernanes still keeps a close eye on his former club, who recently sold Biglia to Milan and brought in Lucas Leiva.

“They have different characteristics. I played alongside Lucas in the Seleçao, he has quality and I really like him. He’s had experience at Liverpool and Gremio, brings real substance to the midfield and plays his way out from the back.

“Lazio can only gain with an important player like him. In fact, he won the Super Cup in his first match – it’s in his DNA.

“Felipe Anderson has incredible capabilities, but he isn’t aware of his own strength. This is why he is not consistent. He’s already above average and I hope with maturity can prove himself in future.”

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