Liverpool and Spurs have been dealt a blow in their battle for Lazio star Antonio Candreva, after the wing wizard revealed that he had signed a new five year deal with the Italian side, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Italy international had been thought to be looking for a move to the Premier League in the near future, with the Arsenal also linked with a move for the player.
Candreva is regarded as a speed merchant, and would have suited the Premier League to a tee.
The Reds were thought to be prepping a £24 million bid for the player in the January window, and were hoping to capture him as a result of a release clause.
That will not be possible anymore, however, as the Lazio player has agreed a new five year deal with the club.
In an interview with the club’s official radio station, the player expressed his delight at extending his time at the club.
He said: “I have renewed my contract with Lazio, I am really happy.
“There is a lot of satisfaction. When I think back to two-and-a-half years ago, I never thought I would get to this point.
“I thank the president for keeping his word, despite the many rumours that there around. I read that I had bought houses in every city.”