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Agent reveals Real Madrid interest for Lazio's Ledesma

Cristian Ledesma has entered a furious contract dispute with Lazio president Claudio Lotito.

Agent Vincenzo D'Ippolito has confirmed in the media that the midfielder will see out the next year of his contract and then leave via FIFA's Article 17 with a small fee in 2009.

"I spoke to Lotito after the publication of my comments. He is very angry, but I would like to point out we had an appointment the other day," explained the representative on Datasport.

"I waited until 16.30, but Lotito did not turn up. I called and he said he is the only one who decides on the contracts of his players.

"I informed Ledesma of what was said and that is when he told me he would not renew his contract under any circumstances."

D'Ippolito added: "The way Article 17 is structured, we cannot use it to join another Italian club, so Ledesma must therefore look overseas.

"It's a shame, as in Italy he was of interest to Inter, Juventus and Fiorentina. Abroad we have Real Madrid and I spoke to Predrag Mijatovic, who is very impressed by the player.

"Villarreal and Atletico Madrid are also tracking him, so we have many options to choose from."

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