Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has launched a scathing public criticism of David Silva after his decision to snub the club in favour of Real Sociedad.
The Spaniard had been on the verge of a free transfer to Lazio. However, the Serie A side have been left angered after Silva neglected to tell them he had rejected their offer in favour of a return to Spain.
Lazio issued a curt 21-word statement on their club website on Tuesday. In doing so, Tare did not hold back in his criticism of the former Manchester City playmaker.
“I learn about David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man,” said Tare.
After City’s Champions League elimination to Lyon on Saturday night, Silva was officially free to sign for a new club.
Lazio appeared to be in pole position for his signature.
However, Sociedad announced on Monday that the 34-year-old had instead opted to return to LaLiga. The City legend has signed a two-year contract with them.
Silva spent a decade at City, making over 400 appearances for the Premier League side and winning 11 major trophies.
Kalidou Koulibaly on City agenda
City, meanwhile, are reported to be leading the chase for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The powerful Senegalese defender is likely to leave this summer. As such, a number of Italian outlets believe City are close to agreeing a deal to bring him to the Premier League.
Koulibaly will reportedly cost €70m plus bonuses, making him their second new defensive recruit after Nathan Ake.
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