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Italian media 'The Lachiali' reported on the 22nd (Korea time), "Sergei Milinkovic-Savic reportedly told his former Lazio teammates that he wanted to 'return' to the club six months after leaving for Al Hilal."
Milinkovic-Savic was a key player for Lazio until last season. After joining Lazio in 2015, he became the starting member on the move and took charge of the team's midfield. His value comes from the 2017/18 season. He has been regarded as a key player for Lazio, and has been so talented that all big clubs targeted him.
Milinkovic Savic, who naturally thought he would transfer to a big club, suddenly left Europe last summer and signed a three-year contract with Saudi Al Hilal for 40 million euros (about 58.3 billion won) and is enjoying the wealth of the Middle East. Many fans said it was too bad to transfer Saudi Arabia with that skill because he was in his prime and did so well in the previous season.
Milinkovic-Savic has shown considerable performance, scoring eight goals and four assists in 16 matches in the Saudi professional league. However, many Saudi players, including Jordan Henderson and Karim Benzema, have begun to seek a way out in recent weeks.
According to a report by Il Mesajero, Milinkovic-Savic met Maurizio Sarri and Claudio Rotito at Riyadh Airport and spoke with teammates before returning to Italy. There, he told teammates, "I miss you guys so much. I want to go back to Lazio."
His move is very similar to Henderson, who moved to Ajax last week. Henderson moved to Saudi Arabia after 12 years with Liverpool in July, and defended his move in the face of mounting criticism, saying in an interview with The Athletic in September that he wanted to "achieve something special, build a club, and develop the league."
However, Henderson could not adjust to life in Saudi Arabia, and his family also struggled with life in the country, so he eventually decided to return to Europe. His desire for a move was so strong that the move came quickly, and he eventually moved to Ajax, the Dutch league.
Tuesday, January 23, 2024