Lazio expect De Vrij to commit

14 January 2018 09:25:07 EST

Lazio are confident that Dutch defender Stefan de Vrij will pledge his future to the club, having again been linked with a possible departure from the Italian capital.

The 25-year-old former Feyenoord centre-back has been with Lazio since the summer of 2014, despite reported interest from a number of clubs in England, Spain and Germany.

And Biancocelesti director of sport Igli Tare is hopeful that De Vrij will pen a new deal at the Stadio Olimpico, with his current contract running out next summer.

Tare told TGCom: "We are on the right track and have to decide together. I hope his journey will continue with us.

"It is something he wants too, because he is very fond of this place and the club. He has many offers from top clubs, obviously, but his heart beats for Lazio and I hope in the end he will stay.

"It could be sorted out by tomorrow, as it's not an issue of when, but what the deal will be."

Meanwhile, Italian champions Juventus are reported to have joined the race to sign highly-rated Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka, who is a free agent in the summer.

Goretzka has been widely expected to head to Bayern Munich, but their chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has confirmed that Juve, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are all in the hunt for the Germany international.

Juventus are 28/1 to win the Champions League this season, with Roma available at 50/1 and Barcelona 5/1.

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