Lazio president Claudio Lotito made it clear that he wouldn’t let Luis Alberto leave the club on loan.
The 30-year-old Spaniard has struggled for consistent playing time this season under Maurizio Sarri, starting only five Serie A matches, and one of his representatives made it clear last month that his client was ‘uncomfortable’ with the situation. Luis Alberto is perennially linked with a move away from Lazio but now the chances of seeing him depart are seemingly rising.
Speaking to Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24), Lotito made his position clear regarding Luis Alberto’s future with Lazio.
If Luis Alberto wants to leave, bring a team with money, because I won’t think about giving him out on loan. At the moment, the situation has not changed since the summer when Sevilla may have deceived him.
I’m not playing any games, Luis Alberto is strong, an added value for Lazio and a compromise can still be found. He has to accept the coach’s choices and Sarri can be more understanding and understand him.
The 30-year-old Luis Alberto is contracted to Lazio until 2025 and has an estimated market value of around €20-25m. This season, he has scored four goals and provided two assists in 17 appearances across all competitions, occasionally showing glimpses of his true quality.
The Spaniard has struggled for consistent minutes since the arrival of Matias Vecino in the summer but he could receive more chances in the second half of the season.