Tottenham target Keita Balde has been left “exasperated” by his treatment at the hands of Lazio, according to agent Roberto Calenda.
The midfielder was left out of the matchday squad for the Super Cup win against Juventus last week, and now wishes to leave the club.
In a frank interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Calenda says Balde has been left angered by that decision, and that Lazio could lose the player “for free”.
“He’s exasperated by behaviour from the club which he is no longer willing to put up with,” he said.
“There have even been offensive comments written on the walls at Formello, clearly fuelling the misleading remarks with which Lazio are managing the whole issue.
“While president [Claudio] Lotito talks about selling him, he values Keita like a top player – only when he offers him a new contract, he rates him like a normal player.
“Lazio continue to ask the Earth for a player who, in a few months, will be free to walk away for nothing.
“If they continue to pull on the string, then this is only going to snap and they are going to have to explain to their fans how they managed to lose a talented player like Keita for free.
“Now he’s 22, which is the right age for a player to start to earn the first benefits of his talent and dedication.
“Despite the results, Lazio have never demonstrated that they believe in him and to have the project for him that he deserves.
“A while ago, I wrote to ask for a meeting, but I never even got a reply. It’s a kind of relationship that I am not used to.”