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."