Tuesday November 8 2011
Zarate: I couldn’t work with Reja

Mauro Zarate has confirmed that he joined Inter in the summer because of a breakdown in his relationship with Lazio boss Edy Reja.

The Argentine joined the Milan giants on a loan deal just hours before the summer transfer window closed.

Although he concedes that things can be difficult in the Italian capital, he blames his Biancocelesti exit on Coach Reja.

“Rome is a strange city,” he told Ole. “The Press there always speak well of the Roma players, but there is always something that is not right at Lazio.

“Saying that, I never had any particular problems with the journalists or with my Lazio teammates,” he added.

“The person that I didn’t get on with was the Coach. I told President Claudio Lotito that I no longer wanted to be trained by him…”

Zarate, 24, is an Argentine-born attacker who could be eligible to play for the Italian national side should he be selected.

“I’ve always said no to Italy,” added the former Birmingham City man.

“I would really like to be called up by the Argentina national side. I want to defend the colours of my country.”

Zarate added that he wishes to end his career at Velez Sarsfield, the club where he started his playing days as a youth team squad member.

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