Lazio president Claudio Lotito revealed that he was “disappointed” with Simone Inzaghi’s decision to leave the club.
Lotito and Inzaghi reportedly met on Wednesday to discuss the manager’s contract extension situation. The Italian manager did not have another year left on his active contract with Lazio, but Lotito aimed to extend his deal for multiple more years.
In the end, Inzaghi decided not to remain with the Biancocelesti. The club’s official website released a statement on Thursday confirming that Inzaghi will no longer be the club’s manager following a five-year run with the side.
Lotito is now expressing his side of what occurred during his much-anticipated meeting with Inzaghi. As noted by the Italian-based outlet Calciomercato, the Lazio president comes away from the entire debacle displeased with how Inzaghi elected to change his mind in the end.
I was disappointed on a personal level.
He changed his mind overnight. The contract was ready, I had signed it. All he had to do was reach out to secretary Calveri to sign but instead he never showed up – he told me that he slept on it and had changed his mind.
We spent seven hours together; we found an agreement. We even shook hands. However, then he told me that he had no more motivation, that he wouldn’t be able to give his all for this group of players.
When a person tells you that, how can you think of keeping him? Of course, if he had told me the night before, I would not have had the agreement drafted…
With Inzaghi now reportedly off to Inter Milan to fill its new managerial vacancy, Lazio will now look ahead to finding an immediate replacement ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window.