Jimenez angered by Lazio deal
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chilean captain Luis Jimenez looks set to ask Fifa to annul his contract with Ternana.
Chilean international captain Luis Jimenez looks set to ask Fifa to annul his contract with Serie C side Ternana because of unfair treatment from them.
A move for the South American to join top flight giants Lazio collapsed because of reportedly extortionate demands made by his club on the final day of the transfer window.
The clubs are believed to have reached an agreement for the player three weeks ago, leaving only Ternana's signature and the player's terms to complete the signing.
But Ternana are believed to have changed the terms on August 31, offering the player on loan without the possibility of a permanent deal, and asking for the Rome club to pay the salaries for four of their other players as well.
Lazio refused the new terms and Jimenez has been left fuming and considering seeking intervention from the world's governing body.
"I feel terrible, I'm really disappointed," Jimenez told Corriere dello Sport.
"There was the chance to go to Lazio, but instead nothing has happened. I've been treated like a product. But I won't return to Ternana, even if it means I'll lose the chance to play in the national team.
"I don't know what to think now. I'd like this situation to be resolved so that I can play for Lazio one day."
Lazio though have signed Milan player Pasquale Foggia on loan for the season, and the 23-year-old attacker could not be more delighted.
"For me this move is a great honour. They are a big side and I strongly wanted Lazio," he enthused.
"I had other possibilities as well but I didn't take them into consideration. I feel ready for a big season to repay the club's faith."
Meanwhile, Lazio old boy Leonardo Talamonti (pictured) has joined Serie A newcomers Atalanta on a season's loan as they look to maintain their place in the top flight.