Sunday October 6 2013
Lotito: 'I'll never sell Lazio'

Lazio President Claudio Lotito has pledged to “never sell” the club, despite another attack on the fans.

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“I put a lot of money into Lazio,” he told Il Messaggero newspaper. “In 2004, to take 21 per cent of the shares, I paid €25m. Then to reach 70 per cent I needed another €100m. That’s how I became President of a club that only had €1.070m.

“How much is Lazio worth now? I never thought about valuing it, as I never considered selling either and I will never sell Lazio.”

Lotito has had numerous run-ins with the ultras, who disapproved of his decisions and transfer strategy.

In turn, the President is frustrated with their negativity and the racist chanting that will cost them a game behind closed doors in the Europa League.

“The people must realise that this is my club, it does not belong to everybody, so I will control it the way I see fit. There is no such thing as a professional fan.

“Last season many complained that the team was old and lacking in alternatives. I brought down the average age of the squad and signed substitutes up to the task, but the people are unhappy anyway.

“It’s good that we did not sign Burak Yilmaz, as he would’ve caused problems in the locker room and his agent’s approach was tantamount to extortion.

“Mauro Zarate remains my biggest disappointment. He was also the biggest investment, as I paid €22m for him.”

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