Football News

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic “happy” at Lazio amid Man Utd links, says midfielder’s father

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:09, 28 December 2021

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is happy at Lazio despite constant reports surrounding his future, the player’s father has revealed.

The Serbian was once Europe’s most sought-after midfielder, subject to interest from some of the continent’s biggest clubs including Premier League side Manchester United. He then started to fly under the radar slightly due to some struggles on the pitch at Lazio, but the 26-year-old appears to be back to his best and ready to hit the peak years of his career.

Despite Lazio’s struggles as a whole this season, Milinkovic-Savic has found himself integral to Maurizio Sarri’s side, starting 17 of his 18 appearances in Serie A, missing just one game through suspension so far. When Sarri claimed Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto could not play together in his midfield, it was the latter who lost out, though they have since reunited through good form.

18+ only. New members only. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Full T&Cs apply. Bet Responsibly.

18+ only. New customers only. Opt in required. 7 day free spin expiry. All free spins will auto play on first eligible game loaded. £10 staking requirement must be met within 30 days of opt in for extra 200 free spins. Eligibility restrictions apply. Further T&Cs apply.

Bet £10, Get £20 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ Full terms apply.

18+ only. New UK customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here
£20 in Free Bets when you place a £5 bet T&Cs apply

18+ only. New customers only. First single & e/w bet only. Odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes not included in returns. Free bets exclude virtuals. Free bets are non withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further T&Cs apply.

18+ only. New customers only. T&Cs apply.

Claim Here

In Serie A alone Milinkovic-Savic has been excellent, directly involved in 11 goals in his 18 appearances, with only Ciro Immobile (15) being directly involved in more for Lazio. It is only Immobile who has scored more Serie A goals than Milinkovic-Savic’s five so far this season at Lazio, and only Luis Alberto can match the Serbian midfielder for his assists. Only Felipe Anderson can match Milinkovic-Savic for 26 chances created too, proving the Serbian to be Lazio’s key creative player in that left-sided central midfield role that Sarri loves so much.

In his final four games before Serie A took a winter break, Milinkovic-Savic scored two goals and two assists, including one of each in Lazio’s 3-1 win over Sampdoria – a game in which he was also sent off. Despite the red card, for two yellow cards in a minute, the first for a foul and the second dissent, the performance against Sampdoria was Milinkovic-Savic back to his best.

To no one’s surprise, Milinkovic-Savic is now being linked with a move away from Lazio and Manchester United are among the teams reportedly interested, lacking a midfielder who can create from a deeper position without hampering the club’s defensive structure.

But the midfielder’s father, Nikola Milinkovic, has insisted he is happy at Lazio and looks set to stay, adapting to the system that Sarri is trying to implement.

“He has grown a lot in these seven years at Lazio,” he told Portuguese publication A Bola.

“There is always talk of his departure, but the president has decided to keep him and he is happy at Lazio.

“Lazio is not as strong as they have been in recent years. Before the pandemic broke out, Lazio could have been champions that year, they should have taken advantage of it.

“Now they are paying for the adaptation to a new game system due to the change of manager, but as a former football player and person I never want to judge the quality of the coaches.”


Sign up to the Best Football Offers

A valid email is required.

Invalid e-mail.

Yes I am over 18.
Yes, I would like to receive email updates on exciting offers from For more info on how we and our partners process your data, see Privacy and Cookie Policies.
You need to confirm that you are over 18 and that you want to receive updates.

*By subscribing you are confirming that you are over 18 years of age.

*All emails include an unsubscribe link, where you can opt out any time. *Please see our privacy and cookies policy..


Newsletter error