Antonio Candreva: Lazio secure future of Italy midfielder

Italy and Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva
Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva has been linked with Liverpool, PSG and Juventus

Lazio have secured the future of Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva by ending a co-ownership arrangement with Udinese.

Candreva has played for Lazio for two seasons and stood out in his country's 2-1 World Cup victory over England.

The Rome club have now bought out their Serie A rivals to give them a bigger say in Candreva's future.

The 27-year-old is under contract until 2018 but has attracted interest from Liverpool, French giants Paris St-Germain, and Juventus.

It is not uncommon in Italian football for two clubs to share ownership of a player.

Candreva was initially on loan at Lazio from Udinese but played his second year with them under a co-ownership deal.

He scored 12 goals for Lazio last season to underline his status as one of the finest midfield players in Europe.

Reports in Italy suggest Lazio value the player at £27m but, reacting to suggestions that he could be sold, club president Claudio Lotito told Italian radio station Radio Due: "Candreva is not for sale.

"We have not spoken to anyone from PSG and we have not received any offers."