Lucio admits Roma deal's off
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Roman giants had agreed a £10 million deal with the cash strapped Leverkusen board and were looking to thrash out a deal at the tail-end of last week.
Reports emerged on Friday that the deal had hit a snag over personal terms and the player has now admitted the deal is off.
"The subject of Roma is finished for me," Lucio told Koelner Sonntags-Express. "It's a closed book."
Despite Bayer's dire state, having narrowly avoided relegation last term, Lucio is ready to play on at the BayArena next term.
He added: "My family and me feel good in Leverkusen. The fans appreciate me I want to help Bayer get back into Europe."
Lucio continued by hitting out at Roma president Franco Sensi for saying his demands scuppered the deal.
He added: "If President Sensi claims that then he's lying. He wants to blame me and my manager because the transfer didn't work out. I'm very angry and disappointed about that.
"We all know that the times are no longer what they were."
Lucio admitted that he would consider a move to Spain, preferably with Camp Nou giants Barcelona, and the race could well intensify for one of the world's hottest defensive properties.