Lazio manager says Ravel Morrison is out of condition and rejected transfer deadline day exit

The talented midfielder was linked with several English teams in January.

Lazio midfielder and former West Ham talent Ravel Morrison looked set to be heading back to the UK this January.

The Englishman has only been with Lazio officially since the summer but he has already fell foul of the management in the Italian capital.

Morrison, who has long been considered one of English football's most mercurial of talents, has struggled to settle at the Serie A club and The Mirror reported that QPR wanted to bring their former loanee back to Loftus Road.

West Ham were then surprisingly linked to bringing Morrison back by The Sun, with Bournemouth, Swansea City and Derby County also said to be keen.

Now his manager has confirmed the player could have moved on but rejected a deadline day move to Serie B side Salternitana.

He also spoke about the fitness of the midfielder, as reported by London 24:

“He’s not in good condition.

“His adjustment period is over. He knows what he has to do - and what not to do - to be called-up. The same goes for him as all the others.

“Morrison refused to join Salernitana and I cannot force them to accept.

"He is a player of quality for Serie B, I’d say worthy of the Champions League. I tried to the last moment of the transfer window, but was unable to convince them.

“I had also promised them some bonuses, but now they will stay at Lazio where they don’t play.”

Morrison looked to be a real talent during his time at West Ham but did not see eye-to-eye with Sam Allardyce and was also courting more attention off the pitch than off of it.

If he can turn his career on its head there is no doubt that Morrison has the potential to be a future England international.

But first he needs to make some major changes in order to make that impact.

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