Lazio coach Delio Rossi insists sports director Walter Sabatini has nothing to be ashamed of after a difficult summer market.

Sabatini had his resignation application rejected by Lazio president Claudio Lotito yesterday and before the decision, Rossi insisted: "I greet with surprise and bitterness the departure of my friend, who has contributed in major way to the evolution of Lazio in these last three years."