Lazio keen to keep Kolarov
Lazio coach Edy Reja is expecting Aleksandar Kolarov to be present at pre-season training.
Last Updated: 12/07/10 11:48am
Lazio coach Edy Reja is expecting Manchester City target Aleksandar Kolarov to be present at pre-season training later this month.
The 24-year-old left-back, who the Serie A club have given a €22.5million (£18.7m) price tag, has been strongly linked with a move to Eastlands this summer.
But Reja still considers Serbia international Kolarov, whose current contract runs until June 2011, to be very much a Lazio player.
"I don't consider Kolarov a former Lazio player," Reja told Corriere dello Sport.
"I spoke to him yesterday and I told him that on July 20 he should consider himself among the players included in the list for pre-season training.
"If before that something happens in the transfer market then things will change."
It is understood Lazio turned down a £12m bid from Real Madrid for Kolarov earlier this month.
The defender, who can also play in midfield, arrived at the Italian club from OFK Belgrade for €800,000 (£670,000) in 2007.