Report: Why Sergej Milinkovic-Savic did not depart for Real Madrid

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was one of the big talking points of the summer but, in the end, he remained at Lazio when the Serie A transfer window closed on Friday.

According to, Jorge Mendes had contact with Real Madrid for more than a month ago to present the Serbian as possible reinforcement in the midfield. 

But Mendes met opposition from coach Lopetegui and of the president Florentino Perez. The first, in particular, wanted a more technical and less physical player; the president instead considers Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as too expensive and not ready to play for Real Madrid. 

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