Lazio deny Stam sale
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lazio have categorically denied that Jaap Stam is going to follow Dejan Stankovic to Internazionale at the end of the season.
Stankovic finally sealed his switch to Milan during the winter transfer window, and many had said that Stam had agreed a deal to join Inter at the end of the season.
Lazio general director Giuseppe de Mita has insisted that Stam is not in the same situation as Stankovic and that he was not joining Inter.
"I want to underline that Stam's situation is completely different than Stankovic's one," said de Mita.
"I absolutely deny that Stankovic's move is in any way connected to Stam.
"Considering his current contract situation I think this market operation with Stankovic had been necessary because the situation wasn't only up to us.
"I'm sorry because Stankovic didn't accept other most favourable offers for Lazio, that would have allowed us to keep him until June, but I'm thankful to him because he gave us the possibility to earn something from his transfer."