Sunday September 9 2012
Zarate 'will repay' Lazio fans

Mauro Zarate has rejected a move to Turkey and is committed to Lazio. “These are his people and he wants to repay them,” said his agent.

The striker had left last season for a year-long loan spell at Inter following a bitter row with then-Coach Edy Reja.

Now that Vladimir Petkovic is in charge, the Argentine has returned and is eager to win back the supporters.

“Maurito returned to Lazio and the unconditional affection of the fans. These are his people and he wants to repay them,” said agent Luis Ruzzi.

“His teammates also care for him, as shown by the collective embrace after he scored against FK Mura.”

There had been strong reports in recent weeks that Turkish sides Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce had all made offers, but Zarate turned them down.

“He is happy here, this is his team and the Laziali are his people. The past is behind him now. He has settled into this new reality with a Coach who is a great person and rewards the most worthy.

“Mauro is pleased with the kind words Petkovic said about him. The only truth is that since Zarate has come back to Rome, he wants nothing more than to do his talking on the field.

“He’s waiting for his turn to prove he was and is a talent of Argentine football, not to mention a valuable addition to this squad. Any target is possible.”