Stam situation causing unrest
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lazio's financial problems mean that they are unable to continue shelling out for their squad's high wage demands.
The Stadio Olimpico side have now handed their players shares in the club as part payment for their wages, as an attempt to save money.
Stam has so far rejected this new wage plan, but the club are so desperate to keep him they are considering making an exception in his case, but this has caused unrest amongst the rest of the squad.
"We don't want to sell him, as he hasn't any intentions of leaving," said Lazio president Ugo Longo.
"The problem with the other players is an internal matter the club is dealing with. But each type of decision will be taken by the team; this won't influence our technical choices."
Just a few days ago, Sinisa Mihajlovic admitted there was a certain tension within the squad.
"It's useless denying that there are problems in the dressing-room," said Mihajlovic.
"Seeing the importance of the player, an exception could be accepted, but this is only my personal opinion.
"One thing is for sure, if we don't solve this problem as soon as possible, the group's situation could be ruined."
Enrico Chiesa, Francesco Colonnese, Claudio Lopez and Stam have all refused to accept the salary plan that involves shares being given as payment.
However, the other three players are expected to be sold while Stam is set to remain in Rome, and coach Roberto Mancini is hoping the situation will not affect the morale of his players.
"We are considering a little problem like a big one, and it's a big risk," warned Mancini.
"Just a few weeks ago we were in serious risk of not being here. It's a group matter that has to be faced and solved without making a drama.
"We are preparing for a season that could give us many satisfactions."