£19 million striker Vedat Muriqi insists that he is going nowhere this summer amid reports linking Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley with the goal-shy Lazio striker, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.
The Kosovo international has had to deal with his fair share of criticism this season. The man himself admitted as much recently, accepting that his debut season at the Stadio Olimpico has not exactly gone to plan.
Then again, that is par for the course when you are a £19 million centre-forward who has scored just once in the league.
Muriqi was expected to provide competition for 2020’s Serie A Golden Boot winner Ciro Immobile when he swapped Fenerbahce for Lazio last summer.
With just two goals across 24 games in all competitions for Simone Inzaghi’s side, Immobile’s place in the starting XI is not exactly under threat.
La Lazio Siamo Noi reported earlier this week that Burnley and Spurs – who were linked frequently when Muriqi was finding the net for fun over in Turkey – are still interested in the late-blooming 26-year-old as the summer transfer window looms into view.
Although, after one disappointing season in sky blue, Muriqi obviously feels he has unfinished business at the capital club.
“I was unlucky at Lazio, between Covid-19 and injuries. I also missed the pre-season retreat in Austria,” Muriqi insisted.
“I have to learn the Italian language and I also need to adapt to the team. I have a five-year contract with Lazio. I am happy in Rome.
“I’m not going away.”
The 6ft 4ins centre-forward deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt.
This is Muriqi’s first season in a major European league after all and, while Cristiano Ronaldo has found the net with ease in the black and white of Juventus, mere mortals will tell you that Serie A is not the easiest environment for a striker.