ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 29: Sergej Milinkovic of SS Lazio celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Torino FC at Stadio Olimpico on December 29, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Lazio owner and president Claudio Lotito revealed he had actually turned down a €160m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

After a breakthrough campaign in the Serie A last season, Milinkovic-Savic had been strongly linked with moves to either Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

Instead, the Serbian midfielder decided to commit his long-term future to Lazio by signing a contract extension until 2023.

Now Lotito has revealed at a school in Rome, during the club’s 119th birthday celebrations, just how serious the interest in Milinkovic-Savic was, while discussing the Aquile’s aims.

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“We want to build a winning team and keep strengthening it, not weaken it,” said Lotito, according to Football-Italia.

“If I had another mindset, I would’ve sold Milinkovic for €160m, something I didn’t do. I don’t think any other President in world football would’ve done what I did.”

Milinkovic-Savic has managed three goals and one assist in 18 Serie A games this season.

Lazio, who are fourth in the standings, will return to action in a Coppa Italia Round of 16 clash with Novara this Saturday.