Friday December 22 2017
‘SMS can be better than Pogba’

Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi hopes Sergej Milinkovic-Savic can become “better than Paul Pogba”, but won’t discuss transfer rumours.

It was claimed today that Paris Saint-Germain are ready to pay €170m to sign the Serbian, and the Coach was asked in his Press conference today if such rumours could disturb the youngster.

“He’s 22-years-old and he’s doing well, so it’s normal he’ll attract interest,” Inzaghi shrugged.

“I talk to him often though, he’s happy here. He’s happy at Lazio, and he knows if teams like that want him then it’s down to Lazio.

“I’m happy when there’s interest in our players, it means we’re doing well, but right now he’s very happy at Lazio. Last year he signed a long new contract with us.

“We’re talking about a very young player who has both quality and physicality, whereas often players are deficient in one of those areas.

“So Milinkovic is highly regarded, and I hope he can become even better than Pogba, who is definitely one of the best.”

The Aquile started the season well, but they’ve managed just one win in their last five Serie A games. How important is it to get back to winning ways against Crotone?

“The priority is to get back to winning, because we’ve failed to do that too often in the league.

“We have a good chance tomorrow but we have to be determined because Crotone will be in the game.

“It’s an intense Christmas week, we need to take things one game at a time. I saw Crotone’s game against Chievo and they were in good shape, and I’ve always admired [Coach Walter] Zenga.

“The refereeing controversies? We need to leave them behind, the league table would have been different without these oversights, but we want to leave everything behind.

“We’re obliged to improve our position in the table and we want to start doing that tomorrow.”

It’s expected Martin Careers will arrive from Verona in January, how will he fit into the team?

“I really don’t want to talk about incoming or outgoing players right now,” Inzaghi insisted.

“I’m thinking of everything but the transfer market this week, my attentions are solely on Crotone.”

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