Lazio attacking midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving the Serie A side.
The Serbian international has been heavily linked with a switch Manchester United, but Chelsea have also reportedly shown interest in the 22 year old, with Rai Sport pundit Matteo Materazzi reporting only last month that the Blues were lining up a €80m bid for the player.
Speaking in an interview with Novosti (translated by Metro.co.uk), Milinkovic-Savic said that part of the reason he wants to stay in Italy is so he can remain in close contact with his brother Vanja, who plays for Torino:
“I am not thinking about leaving Lazio, because I am currently very happy in Rome. It means a lot to have Vanja close to me. We support and strive to motivate each other. We play in one of the strongest leagues in Europe and we’re proud for each other.”
The Serbian’s agent, former Chelsea striker, Mateja Kezman confirmed in the summer that he had received multiple offers from clubs for the midfielder, all worth in excess of €50m.
Milinkovic-Savic’s performances for Lazio this season are showing the talk surrounding the player is not all hype. He has scored seven goals and provided four assists in 24 games so far this campaign.