Lazio defender hopes to stay
Stephan Lichtsteiner's agent says he does not want to leave the club, despite interest from elsewhere.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 10/02/10 5:17pm
Stephan Lichtsteiner's agent says the Lazio defender does not want to leave the club, despite revealing a number of clubs have expressed an interest in him.
The 26-year-old right-back has reportedly caught the eye of clubs in the Premier League and Serie A, having not been a regular at the Stadio Olimpico so far this season.
Lazio have slipped into the bottom three of the Italian top flight following a disappointing string of results, but Lichtsteiner's brother and agent Marko, says he wants to stay with the Biancocelesti.
"There's no reason for changing club," he told lalaziosiamonoi.it. "Stephan wants Lazio, we would decide to leave only for one step forward in his career.
"I hope that Lazio does not ever go in Serie B, but if it happens we will talk with the club.
"However, in A or B there won't be problems for Stephan to play for Lazio."
Edy Reja has taken control of Lazio following the departure of former manager Davide Ballardini, and although the player's agent says a January move could have been possible, he thinks the change in direction will give the Switzerland international more first-team opportunities.
"In January I said to Lotito (Claudio, Lazio chairman) that there were clubs interested in Stephan both in the Premier League and Serie A," he added.
"The Lazio president confirmed to me that he focuses on Stephan and the same was told to me by the coach Ballardini.
"But then many defenders arrived and Ballardini has tried other players in the position of my brother.
"Now with Reja we hope that things will change. This year he had to play with continuity to get ready for the World Cup."