Sunday July 31 2011
Zarate dropped for Villarreal test

Mauro Zarate's future at Lazio is in doubt after he was dropped for a friendly trip to Villarreal.

The striker is not in the squad travelling to Spain for the high-profile test match this evening, instead staying behind with the second string side who will run out against Serie B club Reggina.

The reasons behind the snub are unclear, but it's reported there have been problems in training between Zarate and Coach Edy Reja.

There is a history of bad blood between them and the tactician often dropped the Argentine as punishment for ‘ball-hogging' on the pitch.

The arrival of Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cissè this summer pushed Zarate down the pecking order at the Stadio Olimpico.

The player stormed out of training and refused to stop in order to sign autographs for the many waiting Lazio fans.

If the situation deteriorates, it's possible Zarate will request a transfer. He had already been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, but a Premier League move is also an option.

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