Having been linked with a move to Liverpool over the summer as well as to Juventus and Manchester City, in the end, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic chose to remain at Lazio, putting pen to paper on a five-year deal to signal that the player saw his future at the Serie A club.
Not everyone who’s a fan of the club has been willing to forgive and forget what they see as a desire by the 22-year-old to push through a move over the summer—or perhaps just to push for a better deal by using the spectre of Liverpool and City to get himself a raise.
“Sergej has signed a new contract with Lazio and he is happy there,” said agent Mateja Kezman, looking to close talk of the issue once and for all and let his client focus on just playing football. “That’s all I have to say. Let him remain in peace as he’s doing really well.”
For fans of both Liverpool and City, Milinkovic-Savic was never a name given a great deal of attention or consideration over the summer, but recently Lazio president Claudio Lotito told journalists the club had received and rejected significant bids for his services.
For now at least, though, the young Serbian international is off the table, and if there ever was any real interest—from Liverpool or City or elsewhere—it’s unlikely that he will be departing Lazio in the next two transfer windows after signing a new long-term deal.