Casale Reveals Sarri Instrumental in Transfer to Lazio

Hellas Verona youth product Nicolò Casale recently moved to Lazio on a permanent deal – the first of his five-year long professional career that has seen him undertake five loan spells across the top three tiers of Italian football. His summer switch was heavily influenced by the presence of ex-Napoli and Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, who is currently in his second season with the Biancocelesti.

The 24-year-old stopper was presented by sporting director Igli Tare in his first press interview at Lazio’s Formello training center. Taking the opportunity, Casale shed light on a plethora of topics, including how Sarri helped him choose Lazio (via La Lazio Siamo Noi).

“He wanted me strongly, he pushed for me a lot. In addition to Lazio, which is a great club, I also thought about the great defenders Sarri had and that contributed to coming here.”

The center-back was then quizzed if he expected to wear the Biancocelesti‘s shorts when he played against the club with Verona last time around.

“I knew there was an interest in me. I went out on the pitch not knowing anything yet, I was focused on the game. I’m very happy because, despite the rumors, I wanted this transfer very strongly and I managed to get it.”

Casale has risen through different tiers of Calcio, with the Lazio move being the biggest yet of his career.

“For me it is a very important transfer, two years ago I was playing in Serie B. I still have to prove a lot. I am a wild card, I play all the defense roles. The formation changes for me this year. I have to adapt quickly. But with Sarri, it will be easier.”

Last season was Casale’s first full season in Serie A, where he impressed heavily, garnering the attention of many clubs, including Roma, Milan, Napoli and Monza. Nevertheless, it was Lazio that secured a deal for him.

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