Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile has said that he wants to stay at Lazio for the rest of his career despite allegedly being offered a £130,000-a-week deal by Everton, speaking to Corriere dello Sport, translated by Tuttomercatoweb.
While Gonzalo Higuain cashed in on his record-breaking season in 2015/16, joining Juventus as effigies of the Argentine international swung in the streets of Napoli, Immobile has no plans to follow in his footsteps.
The former Torino star has just equalled Higuain’s record for the most goals scored in a single Serie A campaign, hitting the target a remarkable 36 times in 37 games as Simone Inzaghi’s side flirted with the Scudetto.
And his career-best campaign caught the eye of arguably the greatest Italilian manager of the 21st century.
90Min reported two weeks ago that Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti had made Immobile his number one, £50 million target, with the Italy international offered a £130,000-a-week deal at Goodison Park (CittaCeleste in April).
But the only papers Immobile plans to sign this summer are those with a Lazio letterhead.
“Absolutely yes (I will stay at the Stadio Olimpico for life). I’m about to sign a contract for another four years. We have a lot of work to do,” says a striker who bizarrely flopped at Dortmund and Sevilla.
“It will be a very demanding year: the championship, the Champions League and then the European Championships with Italy.
“(Moving to Napoli?) It has been talked about in the past, but now it is a closed chapter. I’m fine at Lazio and I feel great in Rome.”
Gazzetta dello Sport claimed in June that Newcastle were prepared to invest £49 million in a striker who has averaged 31 goals in his four seasons as a Lazio player.
But, as long as Mike Ashley is sticking around, Immobile will remain a pipe dream.