Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rules out January move away from Lazio

by Leo Nieboer

Lazio midfielder and Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has ruled out the prospect of leaving Serie A in January.

Jose Mourinho personally travelled to watch the Serbian in action against Austria in a World Cup qualifier back in October following a superb start to the campaign.

The 54-year-old is on the lookout for midfield reinforcements in January with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini likely to depart over the summer.

But the 22-year-old, speaking to Novosti, made it clear that he wasn’t considering a move to the Premier League in January.

“I’m currently just focusing on Lazio’s games. This season, Serie A has significantly improved in quality. The best proof of this is the fact that all the Italian clubs are still in the Champions League or Europa League.

“I don’t think about leaving Lazio, because I’m very happy in Rome.”

Milinkovic-Savic makes an interesting point about Serie A here. The money injected into the division in recent years has allowed for clubs like Roma, Napoli, Lazio and Inter Milan to form potent attacking units and challenge the perennial superiority of Juventus, currently second in the table, as well as the old adage of Italian football being a turgid, defensively oriented, corrupt enterprise.

And Mourinho, by the looks of things, will need to look elsewhere for a midfielder in January. Nemanja Matic has started 27 of a possible 32 games this season and Mourinho cannot expect to place the 29-year-old, who didn’t have a proper pre-season, under such pressure throughout the whole campaign.

He sent a clear message to the board after the draw with Burnley on Boxing Day; the ball is now firmly in Ed Woodward’s court this month.

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