Lazio Talisman Regrets Turning Down Saudi Approaches This Summer


Ciro Immobile of SS Lazio in action during the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic FC and SS Lazio at Celtic Park Stadium on October 04, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Immobile was among a host of Serie A stars approached by the wealthy Saudi Arabian clubs in the summer. But unlike his former Lazio colleague Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the 33-year-old frontman stayed immune to lucrative offers from the Middle East. Less than three months into the new campaign, he has seemingly regretted such a decision.

“I decided to reject Saudi Arabia for the Champions League and the national team. However, this is a solution that I had considered,” the Lazio captain said, as relayed by Calciomercato. “Not everyone appreciated the gesture – this hurts me.” 

He also opened the door to leaving Lazio when the transfer window reopens for business in January. 

“If I stay for life? Right now, I say yes and no. Now, I would say no because of the injury and because of my negative period. I was very convinced that I would stay for life. Now I’m a little less so.“

Immobile has had an underwhelming start to 2023/24. He has scored just twice in seven Serie A matches. After missing out on his side’s 3-2 win over Atalanta on the cusp of October’s international break, one of the best Lazio players will skip Italy’s Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and England. 

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