Liverpool and Tottenham linked winger renews contract: 'Always wanted to stay'

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Antonio Candreva was linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool over the summer, but has said he never wanted to leave Lazio after renewing his contract.

Lazio endured a turbulent time last season as inconsistent form saw the Roman outfit finish a disappointing ninth in Serie A.

The departure of star man Hernanes to Inter in January served as a symbol of the club’s struggles, with fans in open revolt towards club president Claudio Lotito.

Winger Antonio Candreva was a bright spot in the difficult campaign as he bagged 12 goals and six assists. However, he was widely expected to follow Hernanes out of the Stadio Olimpico in the summer.

Tottenham and Liverpool were each strongly linked with moves for the Italy international, who at the time was still co-owned by Udinese.

But Lazio would ultimately purchase Udinese’s 50 per cent share in the 27-year-old and keep him for themselves, despite rumours of a €30 million Premier League move being in the works.

Candreva has now been handed an improved contract by the Biancoceleste, telling Lazio Style Radio this week that he was never interested in leaving the club.

He said: “Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve always said I wanted to stay here."

“Even in my first press conference, I said I wanted to become a symbol of the club. I never thought about leaving Lazio.”

Reports earlier this month suggested that Spurs would consider launching a January bid to sign Candreva alongside Arsenal.

Yet any plans the North London sides were brewing have now been well and truly nixed by Candreva’s new contract at the Stadio Olimpico.

It’s unclear just how developed English suitors’ interest was in the versatile wide-man, but what’s clear is that for the time being, he’ll remain in the Eternal City.

Candreva’s fresh terms are believed to come with a wage packet worth in the region of €2 million per season – on par with Lazio’s top earner, Miroslav Klose.

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