Daichi Kamada reflected on his early difficulties with Lazio, the upcoming Asian Cup and the questions surrounding a new contract.
The 27-year-old Japanese midfielder joined the Biancocelesti on a free transfer in the summer after leaving Eintracht Frankfurt. His contract with Lazio is a little unclear, with some reports claiming it’s a two-year deal with an option for a further two years and others believing it’s a simple four-year deal.
Kamada showed some positive signs in the first few games of the season but has hardly featured for Lazio since September, failing to start in his last five consecutive league games. He has only seen 560 minutes of action across 12 matches this term.
Speaking in an interview with Sports Hochi correspondent Chigusa Kuraishi (via La Lazio Siamo Noi), Kamada first discussed if he feels pressure to score more often for Lazio.
Actually, no, I don’t feel any particular pressure because I’ve scored few goals so far. My role has changed, I’m a midfielder. Despite the tactical difficulties, I’m committed to doing the best I can.
He noted that there were no major communication issues.
I have no problem from this point of view. My only problem is adapting tactically to this team.
The 27-year-old spoke about his lack of playing time under Maurizio Sarri.
I honestly didn’t think I’d play so little for Lazio. Luis is a legend and I understand that it’s important to help him by bringing in a more physical player like Vecino and Guendouzi.
He also confirmed his presence with Japan at the upcoming Asian Cup.
Yes, unfortunately I won’t be here. But I confirm that I will do my best throughout the winter.
Kamada commented on a possible new contract with Lazio.
The question of my contract is still to be defined. Naturally my main objective is to play in the World Cup and together with the club, we will find the best possible solution for my stay.
Finally, Kamada reflected on his first few months with the Biancocelesti.
I like the environment at Lazio. I have a good relationship with both my teammates and the fans, who always make their warm support felt. But it’s not enough, a professional needs to play with more consistency.