Thursday, March 22, 2018

Candreva signs new deal; Vazquez reveals EPL dream

S.S. Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will keep him at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2019.

S.S. Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will keep him at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2019.

Although the Italy international, who joined Lazio from Cesena in January 2012, signed a five-year contract just 11 months ago, the club offered the player fresh terms to ward off interest in the Azzurri star.

Since arriving in Rome, Candreva has bagged 23 goals in 113 appearances for the Biancocelesti while earning 23 caps for Italy, including a place in the 2014 World Cup squad.

Despite interest from Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and a less than stellar start to the 2014/15 Serie A campaign, Candreva is happy to stay in the Italian capital.

“I have renewed my contract with Lazio, I am really happy,” Candreva said.

“There is a lot of satisfaction. When I think back to two-and-a-half years ago, I never thought I would get to this point.

“I thank the president for keeping his word, despite the many rumours that there around. I read that I had bought houses in every city.”

In other news, Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a two-year contract extension.

Onazi, a Nigeria international, is now under contract at the Stadio Olimpico until the summer of 2018, having previously been tied to the club until June 2016.

“I give God the glory and special thanks to everyone involved in sorting out this new deal,” Onazi said.

“It’s important to know that your future at the club is sorted; I’ve always insisted that I love it here and I’m delighted to stay.

“My focus and desire is to give my best in the club colours and continue to enjoy the love and warmth of our fans.

“As a young footballer you learn every day, work tirelessly and seek to improve.

“I have the players, staff and the needed support to grow here.”

The 21-year-old scored one goal in 29 Serie A appearances for the Biancocelesti, who will play host to Udinese on Thursday, last season.

Vazquez reveals EPL dream

Palermo midfielder Franco Vasquez has admitted he would ‘love’ to play in the English Premier League.

The 25-year-old Argentine has already scored twice–in three league appearances– this season, and is likely to catch the eye of several suitors if his purple patch continues.

“I love English football,” Vazquez, who joined Palermo from Belgrano in 2012, told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The Premier League atmosphere is amazing, and I like English supporters.

“I would also love to play in the World Cup with Argentina’s national team.”

Vasquez, signed by the Rosanero as a replacement for Javier Pastore, could be a perfect fit for a number of Premier League sides, including Southampton and Swansea City.





Shawn Etemadi



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