Luis Alberto was honest when discussing his happiness at Lazio, relationship with Maurizio Sarri and plans for the future.
The 30-year-old Spanish midfielder has often been the centre of transfer market noise in recent months, with regular reports suggesting that a return to the Iberian peninsula is on the horizon. Other stories detail his seemingly poor relationship with Sarri, which is reportedly at the heart of his desire to leave the club.
Speaking to DAZN (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) after Lazio’s 2-0 win over Sassuolo, Luis Alberto first reflected on his performance.
I don’t think about these things, I think about doing the best for the team. If the others say it was the best performance, it means it probably was.
He touched on how the team react when Ciro Immobile is out.
Sergej and I are important players at Lazio and have been here for many years. When the most important player is missing, which is Ciro Immobile, we have to spur on our teammates psychologically. They mustn’t fall into the mistake of thinking that Ciro isn’t here.
The Spanish midfielder spoke about his decision to let Mattia Zaccagni take the penalty against Sassuolo.
When Ciro is not here, I am the penalty taker. I’m not selfish and I didn’t feel the need to score at all costs. It had already happened in the past with Caicedo and Correa.
Mattia told me he felt like taking it and so I left it to him. What matters is that the team wins and gets the three points.
He commented on how it felt to return to winning ways.
Against Empoli it was a great pity, we played very well and conceded two shots and two goals. But when you do so well sooner or later you win.
Today we were concentrated and we dribbled well. Now we must look at the next two games and continue like this.
Finally, Luis Alberto opened up about his relationship with Sarri and Lazio, and his plans for the future.
If I had problems with the club, I wouldn’t have been here for seven years. I have a very good relationship with the president and the sporting director and after the break I spoke with the coach and we clarified everything.
We are not best friends, but we have a normal relationship. Then we’ll see, my desire is to finish my career in Spain. I spoke with Cadiz because they’re the team of my heart, the president is my friend, the director is my brother.
I still have two and a half years left on my contract here and they told me that at this moment my transfer is impossible. But as long as I’m in Rome I’ll give everything for Lazio.