Lazio are confident keeping hold of midfielder Hernanes.

The Brazilian has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.

"Despite his inconsistency, Hernanes remains a fundamental player for us," sports chief Igli Tare told the Corriere dello Sport. "You just have to think back to the goals he has scored.

"Every time that I have spoken to him or his agent, I have been given the impression that he sees this as his home.

"He knows what Lazio can give him, what he can have in Rome. It is vital for us that we can guarantee him an important team.

"You never know what will happen in life and one day he could move somewhere else, but that day is still a long way off."

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