Lazio chief Tare slams Manchester City captain for transfer snub

Lazio chief Igli Tare has slammed David Silva after his move to Real Sociedad. The Spanish playmaker had been strongly linked with a switch to Stadio Olimpico but completed a surprise move to the Anoeta on Monday.

The Serie A giants have been left ‘furious’ after Silva neglected to tell them he had rejected their contract offer before securing a return to Spain this week to sign for Real Sociedad.

Lazio had been mooted as the most likely next destination for the former Spain international in recent weeks, and his father Fernando Silva fuelled speculation over the potential switch earlier this month.

He told El Transistor of his son’s desire to undertake a new challenge in Serie A: “I can confirm that he loves Serie A and would really enjoy playing in Italy. He told me he could play there until he’s 40.”

However, the 34-year-old ultimately signed a two-year contract at the Anoeta, returning to La Liga after 10  successful years in the Premier League playing for Manchester City. 

After Manchester City’s elimination from the Champions League by Lyon on Saturday night, Silva was officially free to sign for a new club and Lazio appeared to be in pole position to secure his signature.

But it was later announced on Monday night that Silva had instead decided to return to LaLiga and had signed a two-year contract with Sociedad.

Tare wrote: “I learnt about David Silva‘s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have great respect for the player, but not for the man.”