Tuesday February 20 2018
De Vrij: 'Hurts leaving Lazio this way'

Stefan de Vrij said farewell to Lazio fans, insisting “it hurts me leaving this way” after they “were not able to find a satisfying agreement.”

Last night, Lazio director of sport Igli Tare announced that the club had “withdrawn” the contract renewal offer, meaning the defender will leave as a free agent in June.

“It has been a very difficult period full of speculations on my future to come to this point that nobody desired,” wrote the Dutch international on Instagram.

“Unfortunately we were not able to find a satisfying agreement for both parties due to various reasons. I understand the disappointment of the Lazio fans very well and it hurts me leaving in this way.

“Even though I am very happy and I feel at home here, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to achieve our desired goals.

“I will forever be grateful to Lazio and to the fans for always being there for me, for the trust and opportunities given. I have always tried to demonstrate that by giving the best of me and I will keep doing that until the end.

“Thank you, Stefan.”

He has been linked with a number of clubs, including Inter, Juventus, Napoli, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

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