Monday, 7 July 2008

[Mercato] Carrizo completes Lazio move

Argentinian goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo has completed his move to Lazio a year later than planned.

The 24-year-old was meant to join the Serie A side from River Plate at the start of last season, but the deal fell through because of problems with documentation.

On Monday Carrizo was presented as a Lazio player and he expressed his delight at finally arriving in the Italian capital.

"I'm proud to finally be able to wear the Lazio shirt and I want to thank all the fans who have a waited a year for me to arrive," he told La Corriere dello Sport.

"So many great players have already worn the Lazio shirt. I'm happy to do the same and I'm ready for this adventure."

He will be joined by his compatriot Mauro Zarate, whose loan from Qatar club Al Saad was finalised on Saturday.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito revealed the club had put a lot of effort into making sure there were no slip-ups this time around, and assured fans that Carrizo was well worth the wait.

"He's finally arrived. It's not a media invention," he said. "For reasons you already know he couldn't come last year, but Lazio has done everything to bring him to Rome, holding off the approaches of other clubs.

"We've paid a price to make sure there were no mistakes this time, but Carrizo has shown he is worth it.

"Lazio want to get back to being at the top of the world game and Carrizo is the first step on the way to doing this.

"He's a goalkeeper with plenty of personality and this is fundamental in a young team."

Carrizo promised that he would repay the faith shown in him by the club by helping them to win the Rome derby.

He said: "When I was a baby it was my dream to play in a Boca-River derby and now I want to win the two Rome derbies, that is my dream."

Source: Sporting Life

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