Lazio release statement denying Vecino reports

Lazio have released a formal statement denying reports that Matias Vecino has asked to leave or could interrupt his contract with the club.

The statement called out newspapers Il Messaggero and the Corriere dello Sport over the stories, which then spread on websites and radio stations in the Capital.

“The player never manifested any desire to leave Lazio, nor does the club have any intention of interrupting the rapport with the player who, since his arrival, has always proved himself to be a precious and decisive figure for the squad.”

It seems as if the stories emerged because he was warming up to come off the bench in the 4-0 Serie A victory over Milan on Tuesday night only to pull out at the last minute, officially due to an injury.

Some suggested the Uruguay international had instead refused to come on so late in the game.

The 31-year-old joined as a free agent when his contract with Inter expired over the summer of 2022.

He has been in Italy for many years, starting in January 2013 with Fiorentina, going on to represent Cagliari, Empoli and Inter before this latest experience at the Stadio Olimpico.

Vecino has made 24 competitive appearances for Lazio this season, contributing three goals and one assist.