Lazio President Claudio Lotito has admitted that it would be painful to see Simone Inzaghi leave the club for Juventus.
Inzaghi has emerged as one of the front-runners to take over at the Allianz Stadium after the Bianconeri announced Max Allegri’s departure earlier today.
In response to the speculation, Lotito told Corriere dello Sport: “I would be hurt if Inzaghi left us, he represents our history, especially since I have been President.
— Football News 24 (@Footballnews090) May 17, 2019
“As a player, he was always ready and willing to give his all for the club, then despite his physical decline we never thought about terminating his contract.
“Then he began his Coaching career with our youth teams and he was close to taking over at Salernitana, but instead took over the first team. Despite some people’s opinions, he did well.”
The 43-year-old has been the Aquile’s Coach since 2016, lifting both the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa during his reign.
“For me, he remains with us. On my part there is nothing but affection and trust, we have a great relationship and I don’t want him to leave.
“Then again, I don’t know what he wants to do, but he has always treated me with affection.
“I don’t see why the Lazio job can’t be considered as an important one. There’s a great rapport between Inzaghi and sporting director Igli Tare. We’re growing as a club.
2015 – Juventus
2016 – Juventus
2017 – Juventus
2018 – Juventus
2019 – Lazio 🙌
For the first time in five years, someone else has won the Coppa Italia!
Congratulations Lazio. Epic trophy lift! 🦅 pic.twitter.com/zBO4DDEWse
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 15, 2019
“Juve are operating at a cost of €480m, which is four times as much as us, give or take a few euros.
“Simone is a young Coach, he has great qualities but he can still grow. Juve are used to making well-established signings.
“If he left it would hurt me because he wouldn’t have understood what type of relationship, I have with him.”