Lazio midfielder Toma Basic’s agent Adrian Allaj underlined the need for his client to adapt to Italian football.

Speaking in an interview with Italian radio broadcaster Radio Punto Nuovo (via LazioNews24) yesterday, Allaj spoke about the clubs interested in the Croatian midfielder and the need for patience regarding his usage under coach Maurizio Sarri.

He is a player of great quality. It’s no coincidence that Napoli, Atalanta and AC Milan were interested in him. 

He needs time. Toma has technique and he shoots with his left foot. He has to adapt to Italian football, but with Sarri, who is a great coach, everything will be easier. 

Lazio had some small difficulties, but they didn’t get out of the way. I’m convinced it can be an important season. Italy has always been our first choice.

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The 24-year-old Basic signed for Lazio from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux in this summer’s transfer window, in a deal worth around €7 million.

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The Croatian midfielder signed a five-year contract with the Roman club and will likely develop into an important player under coach Maurizio Sarri.

He has only made two brief substitute appearances so far this season for Lazio, but things will change once he has settled a bit and adapted to his surroundings. 

Basic is a versatile, technical, and physically imposing midfielder, and will be able to play a variety of roles in Sarri’s three-man midfield setup.