Lazio Midfielder Escalante: “Next Season I’m Asking to Play a Lot”

Lazio midfielder Gonzalo Escalante highlighted his desire to play more next season under new coach Maurizio Sarri.

Speaking in an interview with Italian broadcaster Lazio Style Channel (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) earlier today, the 28-year-old Argentinian midfielder first spoke about his work in Auronzo di Cadore with the rest of the squad.

We work a lot with Sarri but we are happy about it, we learn a lot from him. Yesterday’s first friendly went well, we have to assimilate the coach’s ideas. 

It wasn’t easy at the start but little by little we’re understanding what he wants.

He spoke about the various movements that Sarri is teaching the players.

We all have to make different movements, especially in midfield, but with training everything will go well. 

He wants the ball to move quickly, we’re trying to do that in every session. This first week of work has gone well, we’ll need time but we’re working hard. 

The 28-year-old Argentinian touched on his desire to feature more consistently in the first team and his goals for next season.

Next season I’m asking to play a lot, me and the team are working towards the same goals, that of going to the Champions League.

Playing the ball quickly is one of my characteristics. My teammates know that I enter the game immediately and this makes me happy because I’m always available to give my best. 

Finally, Escalante spoke about Joaquin Correa and Argentina’s Copa America victory earlier this month.

I’m happy for Argentina’s victory and for Correa, who deserves it.

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The 28-year-old Escalante, who is contracted to the Biancocelesti until 2024, made 24 Serie A appearances last season, for a total of 716 minutes. In that time, he provided one assist, only making four league starts all campaign under previous coach Simone Inzaghi.

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Escalante was signed on a free transfer last summer after his contract expired with SD Eibar.

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