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Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva: Losing Lazio captaincy hurt

Inter Milan midfielder Antonio Candreva has spoken of his frustration over his protracted move from Lazio.

Candreva spoke out about the controversy yesterday.

“Up until last year Lazio said I was not for sale, then this summer I suddenly was for sale," Candreva told RadioSei.

Lazio received many proposals and evidently kept them in mind. They probably needed to raise funds. In five years I gave all of myself for that jersey and I really cared about the captain's armband. I never disguised that.

“I thought that I deserved to wear it, even if there were many other people who were there longer than me. But then they chose Lucas Biglia… I don't want to cause controversy, as maybe the Coach thought he was making the right choice for the group.

“Stefano Pioli never gave me an explanation, so at that point I went up to my room, thought about it and told him if I was not ready to be the captain, I couldn't really be vice-captain.

“I will always carry Lazio in my heart. I was upset, I admit it, but it probably wasn't a choice made by the Coach. Then when the offers arrived, they said we should talk about it. At that point I realised something was wrong.

“I just wanted to be a reference point for Lazio. I can only thank the club, because they revitalised my career and I cannot forget where I was and where I have arrived thanks to my time there."

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