Mauro Pellegrini, the father of new Lazio left back Luca Pellegrini, confirmed that his son offered to lower his wages to facilitate the move to Rome.
The 23-year-old Italian full back has joined the Biancocelesti on a six-month loan deal with a €15m buy option attached, payable over five financial years.
Pellegrini started the 2022-23 season on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt, where he struggled to show his best, and was overjoyed when Maurizio Sarri and Lazio made an approach last month.
Speaking to Radiosei (via LazioNews24), Luca Pellegrini’s father Mauro confirmed his son did everything possible to facilitate the move to Lazio.
There was no need to ask Luca for the financial sacrifice. He did it himself. What he showed with this gesture says it all, there is no need to add anything else.
Luca met Sarri at Juve and he was very sincere and correct with my son. For his choice, having Sarri as coach was decisive.
Physically he is very well, and he was safeguarded at Eintracht Frankfurt precisely to prevent him from getting injured in a delicate phase of the negotiation, but he has no problems at all.
A boyhood Lazio fan, Pellegrini was a product of Roma’s youth system and joined Juventus in July 2019 for €22m. After spending time on loan with Genoa and Cagliari, the Italian left back spent one season with the Old Lady before heading back out last summer.
Should Lazio activate the buy option attached to the 23-year-old’s loan, he’d sign a four-year contract with the club, expiring in June 2027.