Saturday March 3 2018
Tare: 'De Vrij lacked gratitude'

Lazio director Igli Tare eyes a “reaction” against Juventus and criticises Stefan de Vrij for “lacking gratitude. I know where he’s going…”

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“I expect a psychological response more than a physical one after Wednesday’s game, as we must fight back against an opponent we know well. I think we’ve got everything it takes to achieve a good result this evening,” Tare told Mediaset Premium.

The news around Lazio is still dominated by De Vrij and his refusal to sign a contract extension, so he’ll be a free agent in June.

“We really wanted the rapport with De Vrij to end differently. This is why I’d like to avoid giving the reasons for the failed contract renewal until after that ship has sailed. Once the situation has calmed down, I’ll explain why it shouldn’t have gone this way.

“When you have to negotiate with players of his level, you shouldn’t reach the point we reached. Unfortunately, some promises were not kept for quite a while and it turned into a race against time. He should’ve shown more gratitude towards the club.

“Lazio have no need to chase anyone down. I think a step towards us would’ve shown some recognition from his entourage. He is a professional, he’ll give his all for the rest of the season and then our paths will separate.”

Many reports suggest De Vrij already has an agreement with Inter.

“I know where he’s going, but it’s not for me to say. Maybe it’s the wind that blows the free agents towards San Siro…”

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