Wednesday April 18 2018
Zarate: Regret leaving Lazio, Kolarov…

Mauro Zarate ‘regrets’ leaving Lazio in 2011 but ‘dreams’ of a return and criticised ex-Aquile teammate Aleksandar Kolarov for joining Roma last summer.

Zarate spent four seasons at Lazio – the first two of which were alongside Kolarov – scoring 33 goals in 124 appearances for the Biancocelesti and winning a Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa, but the Argentine attacker departed over a contract dispute.

“I’ve always tried to do my best, I’ve never played against anyone, neither Lotito nor against Tare,” he told Radio Incontro Olympia.

“My second year was a bit difficult, despite beating Inter’s Treble team for the Supercoppa.

“Perhaps I suffered a bit from the absence of [Goran] Pandev in attack, but [Cristian] Ledesma was also important.

“The third year was better, but there was a bit of tension with [Coach Edoardo] Reja and from there, I chose to join Inter.

“I made a mistake in leaving Lazio at the time. I regretted it later. Going back? I think it’s impossible. I’d love to come back and play in this team under Simone [Inzaghi], but we must also see if the Coach wants me. It would be a dream.

“Lazio are in my heart and I’ll never forget the Biancocelesti fans. Where would I play? Surely behind Immobile or next to Luis Alberto and Felipe Anderson.

“Kolarov? I was never offered the chance to join Roma, but I’d honestly have never taken it.

“Aleksandar was already at an important team. Maybe he could’ve gone back to Lazio for what he experienced in the past, but certainly not to Roma.”

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