Thursday March 22 2018
Badstuber: ‘Klose told me about Lazio’

Stuttgart defender Holger Badstuber could replace Stefan de Vrij at Lazio - “I’ve heard great things”.

The Biancocelesti will need a replacement for De Vrij, whose contract is expiring and is likely to join Inter.

Badstuber is a German international, but his career has been blighted by injury and he made just 18 Bundesliga appearances across his final four seasons at Bayern Munich.

However, a loan spell at Schalke 04 and a move to Stuttgart have reinvigorated him, and his next stop could be Serie A.

“Abroad fascinates me,” Badstuber explained to Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Teams with tradition that play in Europe are very motivating, my friend [Miroslav] Klose played at Lazio, so I know about that reality.

“He was happy in the city, at the club, and he had a connection with the fans. I’ve heard great things about Lazio.

“Out of respect for Stuttgart though, with whom I’m aiming for important objectives, I won’t talk about any negotiation.

“I have experience and I’ve won things, but you can always improve. Serie A is ahead tactically, and defenders learn there.

“Lazio, Roma and Juventus are doing very well in Europe.”

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