Agent: Italian football is perfect for Ravel Morrison after West Ham exit

The agent of Ravel Morrison says the midfielder could begin training with Lazio immediately.

Ravel Morrison's controversial time with West Ham United finally came to an end on Sunday, with the Hammers terminating Morrison's contract.

The 22-year-old joined West Ham from Manchester United back in January, but had an up-and-down time at Upton Park before leaving this weekend.

Early on last season, Morrison impressed, and there was even talk of him making a late run for the England World Cup squad after a string of superb displays.

Yet it's all gone wrong again this term, with Morrison playing just once in the Premier League before a failed loan spell with Championship side Cardiff City.

Having signed a pre-contract agreement with Serie A giants Lazio during the January transfer window, West Ham allowed him to become a free agent on Sunday - and now, Morrison's agent says he could well start training with the Italians immediately.

"It’s a possibility, but nothing is decided yet," Nick Rubery told Tuttomercatoweb. "His contract with West Ham was only terminated on Saturday; in the coming days, or at most weeks he’ll decide what to do with Lazio."

Morrison's controversial time in England means that many believe a move to Italy will help get him on the straight and narrow, and Rubery believes that Serie A is perfect for his client.

"He can’t wait, he’s happy to start this experience with Lazio. It a club which has great tradition and is growing exponentially. Italian football is best suited to his characteristics, Ravel can be anything he wants to be. He’s a player with great quality, if he wants it he can be on the same level as so many great players," Rubery added.

Famously, Lazio signed Paul Gascoigne back in 1992 - another controversial English playmaker - and will be hoping that Morrison can improve on Gascoigne's record of just six goals in 43 games for the Rome club.

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