Lazio have called out David Silva for joining Real Sociedad after his contract with Manchester City ended.
Silva moved to Sociedad, who finished sixth in La Liga, as a free agent on a three-year deal worth €10m (£9m) a year.
However, Lazio who confident in signing the 34-year-old have expressed their displeasure in a statement released by their sporting director Igli Tare on Tuesday.
“I’ve heard about David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have huge respect for the player but not for the man.”
Silva spent 10 seasons at City after leaving Valencia have won 11 major titles for that club including four Premier League titles.
The midfielder who left City after the club’s Champions League exit to Lyon on Saturday has also released a message to fans:
“The time has arrived. Ten years and 13 titles later, it’s time for me to say goodbye to the club that has left an indelible mark on my life and career,” Silva said on Twitter on Monday.
“I look back and it’s clear I could not have made a better decision than to accept City’s proposal to join their project back in 2010.
“Manchester City and I have grown together. In 10 years, I have developed personally and professionally. I have celebrated many victories and titles and lived through epic moments.
“I have seen my lovely child, Mateo, born and I have even started to feel comfortable under heavy rain!
“City are a fantastic family. I won’t ever forget the way they threw themselves into helping me when I suffered the hardest moments of my life, offering me support and empathy.
“Precisely because of that I want to tell you it has been a real pleasure wearing the sky blue shirt and the captain’s armband of our club, sharing the dressing room with the best players and coaches in the world, and working closely with the finest club representatives and board members the game has to offer.
“And on top of that, all the time I had the backing of the amazing fans who have supported me always, through good and bad moments. You are really amazing.
“I hope that City will achieve even bigger triumphs in the future. I am going to support the team from a distance. I am so happy I have shared these unforgettable moments with the City family – you will always be in my heart.
“I want to send every Cityzen a huge hug.”
Recall that FrujuSports had reported that Man City will build a statue to honor David Silva.