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  10/07/2011: Lichtsteiner: "I did not pay 2 million to move to Juve"
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Former Lazio wing back Stephan Lichtsteiner denied the reports claiming that he paid 2 million from his own money to move to Juventus while speaking of the reason of his move to Juventus.

Lichtsteiner who took jersey number 26, answered the reporters on why did he decide to leave Lazio and let go of the chance of playing in Europe to come to Turin.

"Juventus is always Juventus, it is a great team. I was happy at Lazio, it is a great club, but I always had a dream of playing one day for Juventus. Ever since I saw players like Zidane, Cannavaro, Buffon, and Del Piero." said Lichtsteiner

Then Lichtsteiner moved on to deny the reports of having to pay 2 million euros from his own pocket to ease the move to Juventus.

"It is not true that I paid 2 million from my own pocket. I have to thank Lotito, for when he learned of my willingness to move to Juventus, helped me and did everything he could to give me what I wanted." said the Swiss defender.

Such a statement would definitely fuel speculations on the deal figures. One can wonder if Lotito lowered his demand and accepted 10 million, or whether Juve paid the full 12 million for the Swiss player. Another scenario could be a future agreement between Juventus and Lazio on certain players. All of those are of course speculations, but what we know now is that Stephan Lichtsteiner did not pay 2 million from his own pockets to ease his transfer through.

(Mahyar Yahfoufi)
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