Lazio President Blasts ‘Mercenary’ Daichi Kamada

Daichi Kamada’s career at Lazio is nearing its end after only one season. In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, club president Claudio Lotito opened the door for the Japan international’s departure.

According to Lotito, Kamada tried to bully Lazio in negotiations over a new deal. His behavior hasn’t gone well with the board, with the Biancocelesti looking to offload him on short notice.

Daichi Kamada asked for an extra €2.5m as a signing fee to extend his contract – nobody can blackmail us,” the Lazio boss said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano. “We will send away all the mercenaries,” Lotito was loud and clear.

Lazio signed the 27-year-old on a free transfer last summer after his contract with Eintracht Frankfurt. He was initially close to joining Milan, but the Rossoneri pulled the plug on a deal at the 11th hour. Lotito’s side jumped at the head of the queue and snapped him.

However, Lazio handed the Japanese a one-year contract. It’s about to expire, and the Italians have no intention of renewing it. Kamada’s career at the Stadio Olimpico has been off to a dismal start. Despite making 29 Serie A appearances in 2023/24, he only registered 17 starts and scored twice.

With Lazio set to become part of Kamada’s history, he’s turning to new pastures. Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have taken the versatile midfielder into consideration. New manager Oliver Glasner is intimately familiar with the player after their time together at Frankfurt.

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