Udinese midfielder Lazar Samardzic feels that he hasn’t suffered despite his controversial transfer saga with Inter Milan.
Speaking after his team’s 1-1 draw away to Salernitana, via FCInterNews, the 21-year-old said that he’s perfectly happy to still be a Friulani player.
This summer, the story between Samardzic and Inter was one of the soap operas of the transfer window.
It had looked for all the world like the former RB Leizpig midfielder would join the Nerazzurri. He even underwent his medicals on the move.
However, an eleventh-hour twist saw Samardzic’s transfer fall through.
The details of exactly why this was the case have been a matter of some dispute.
But what is clear is that Inter pulled the plug after new demands came in from Samardzic’s entourage.
Seemingly, the Nerazzurri had negotiated a five-year deal for the German-born Serbian international. They did so via the mediation of prominent football agent Rafaela Pimenta.
However, problems arose when Samardzic’s other representatives, led by his father, made new financial demands.
Lazar Samardzic Not Suffering After Failed Inter Milan Move
By all accounts, Inter made clear that they were not going to negotiate on any new financial demands.
The Nerazzurri’s stance was that they would only sign Samardzic if it was on the terms that they’d already agreed.
Accordingly, the midfielder’s move to Inter fell through.
Asked if he’s suffering from the whole affair, Samardzic replied “No. I’m always focused, and happy here in Udine.”
He added that “It’s the same here tonight. I’m just focusing on this match.”
At this stage it is looking very likely that Samardzic will stay at Udinese for the season.
Some other teams had shown an interest in the 21-year-old’s signature. These had included Juventus, Napoli, Lazio, and West Ham United.
However, Samardzic will instead remain a Friulani player for the season.