Liverpool‘s Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted he’s ‘honoured’ by reported interest from Lazio and would relish playing under Maurizio Sarri.
The Swiss winger has informed Liverpool of his desire to leave this summer and Sarri’s side have been mooted as a possible destination for the 29-year-old.
Shaqiri, who enjoyed a brief stint in Italian football when he played for Inter Milan between January and August in 2015; revealed his admiration for Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare and believes he would adapt well to Sarri’s style of play.
Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri (right) is interested in moving to Lazio this summer
Shaqiri believes Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri’s attacking style of play would suit his game
‘Igli Tare has been doing an excellent job at Lazio for years.’ He told ‘ Corriere dello Sport.
‘If it’s true that he has great respect for me, then I’m honoured. I have been following Lazio for a long time, they are a top team.
‘In general, due to my characteristics, I like to play more attacking football and Sarri practices it. It would be intriguing.’
Shaqiri is in the last year of his contract at Anfield, and revealed the club have agreed not to stand in his way and will consider offers for the Switzerland international.
Shaqiri still harbours hopes of achieving international success with Switzerland
He added: ‘Fortunately, football has helped me achieve many of my dreams, I was lucky enough to play with great teams and to win many titles.
‘Who knows, maybe I could get something even with the Swiss national team.
‘My contract [with] Liverpool expires in 2022, in 2018 I signed a four-year deal.
‘The important thing at this moment in my career is to be able to play regularly, but that hasn’t always been the case in the last three seasons.
‘This is why I told Liverpool that I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my wish and will seriously consider the offers that will come. They will not stop me.’