Claudio Lotito suggested that there was no problem with Francesco Acerbi and expressed his lack of interest in the free transfer of Paulo Dybala to Roma.
The 28-year-old Argentinian forward put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the Giallorossi last week, and seemingly thousands of fans turned up in the streets of the Italian capital earlier this week to welcome the former Juventus forward.
Speaking outside the Federal Council meeting today (via Calciomercato.com), Lotito first discussed Lazio’s summer transfer market so far and the Acerbi situation.
We’ve set up the team following the coach’s suggestions. We won’t make predictions about the season, but Lazio are among the teams that have spent the most on the market despite the economic restrictions.
Last year we bought six players, now we are up to 14. There is no Acerbi issue. He is a decent guy, serious and reliable. These are just tactical choices, I don’t think it’s a problem of conflict with the fans. This only fuels situations of incompatibility that don’t exist.
The Lazio president then discussed Dybala’s move to Roma and their unveiling in the streets of the capital.
I didn’t see Dybala’s presentation in Rome and in any case his arrival didn’t affect me at all, I don’t sell dreams but solid realities. We don’t collect Panini stickers, we don’t care.
Lotito brings results. In fact, after Juventus we’re the club that have won the most in recent years. However, the Lazio fan always has to say something, even after winning a trophy.
Whether Roma’s market is headline news, I don’t know. Lazio, however, have signed six players, and maybe we’ll do a few more incoming deals too.
I don’t do things for aesthetic reasons, I am not a fan-president, but a president-fan and I have to create the conditions for the club to have an increasingly strong future.
Last season both Lazio and Roma picked up a win apiece in the derby, so both sides will be eager to truly stamp their authority on the capital with a decisive knockout in the upcoming campaign.
Whilst Roma are building a seemingly solid project under Jose Mourinho, Maurizio Sarri is also working hard to create something impressive, setting up an exciting battle for a top four finish.