Pinilla wants Sporting exit
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla is determined to quit Sporting Lisbon in the New Year.Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla is determined to quit Sporting Lisbon in the New Year, with Lazio rumoured to be suitors.
Pinilla has endured a miserable time in Sporting after escaping to the Portuguese capital following an unhappy spell with Internazionale.
His opportunities at Sporting have been limited and he is hoping to leave the club when the transfer window reopens in January.
A return to Italy with Lazio has been mooted and the 21-year-old admits he can no longer watch his career stagnate on the Sporting bench.
"At this club, I have not received enough opportunities to demonstrate my football," said Pinilla.
"I do not understand why they signed me if I am now always on the bench.
"I am a player who wants to play and doesn't like being a substitute for just 20 minutes.
"Several clubs in Europe are interested in me and I want a quick solution with Sporting.
"In these conditions, I am not happy with Sporting, although Lisbon is a beautiful city."