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  16/07/2013: The Morning Press (16/07/2013)
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Both Corriere dello Sport and La Repubblica focus heavily today on Mauro Zarate's comments on S.S. Lazio:

"My family are overjoyed at the move [to Vélez Sarsfield]. I needed to feel important and loved. Recent times have been very hard for me. The last time I trained with the team was in November, I did not have their trust. I'm back because I love this club."

"I did not play a single minute in fifteen games and that is something that damaged me a lot. It was a crazy situation, I was scribbled out. I watched a game, locked myself in the bathroom afterwards and cried. I could no longer watch football."

"Since I came back from Inter, the President and his dome - two or three players, the Director of Sport [Igli Tare] and the coach forced me out. They decide everthing and the president does these things. I signed a very important contract at the time and it was impossible for Lazio to sustain. They wanted to find a solution and tried to sell me to other clubs but failed to find an appropriate solution and in recent years, they refused to pay me. When I protested, it was over. He never wanted me but wouldn't let me leave."

"It was me and two other players he had problems with. We trained at different times to the team, we changed in the locker room for the opposition Primavera, did not have doctors or physiotherapists. Sometimes we only had a massage therapist. It was madness - they wanted to destroy us. Like they did with Pandev who won the Champions League for Inter. That person [Lotito] is bad for Lazio. He destroys the assets of the team."

"Of course I tried to talk to Lotito, but he always rejected our solutions. Then we arrive at the trial and the court ruled in my favour, letting me continue with my destiny. What this person does is illegal, does not allow me to train - I had to train on a tennis court. This is a president who does evil things, and has done the same with Bonetto, Manfredini, Barreto, Cavanda and others that I cannot remember. He decides you cannot play anymore."

S.S. Lazio argue that Mauro Zarate is still a Lazio player as a final judgement on the case is not due until 22nd July and the player has not received FIFA clearance to join Vélez Sarsfield.

In other news, Ogenyi Onazi and Felipe Anderson have joined up with the rest of the squad at Auronzo di Cadore. ANSA report that he had a medical examination and an MRI scan for the injury he sustained to his right knee - which put him out of the Confederations Cup - and all looked ok. Bruno Pereirinha also had an injury to his right thigh investigated at the Paideia clinic and he was told it would take two weeks to heal fully.

Finally, Cavanda is expected to join his teammates at Auronzo di Cadore today but a move to England remains possible with Sunderland and Fulham in the hunt. Journalist Tancredi Palmeri revealed on his Twitter account yesterday that Sunderland are making a second attempt to sign the Belgian wing-back. The price is a major stumbling block, but Lazio are keen to sell having identified Elseid Hysaj as a replacement.

Author: C
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