Lazio and Fiorentina have rubbished reports that Frank Lampard is set to join them if, as expected, he leaves Chelsea at the end of the season.
The future of 34-year-old Lampard, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer, has led to rumours linking him with moves all over the world.
Serie A, in particular, has been suggested as the next destination for the England international, but both the Biancazzurri and the Viola have said he will not be joining them.
Lazio president Claudio Lotito said: “We have players in that position who are already competitive.
“Should we go for a new midfielder, however, he would have to fit in with the economic structure we have at the club.
“The dressing room at Lazio has its own balance, and we have no intention of altering that.”
Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has said he believes Lampard would not be the right man for the club. “Lampard is a really strong player, but he would not fit within the parameters of our club,” he added.
On Thursday, Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni sparked speculation that his club could try to sign the midfielder when he told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Lampard is a player I have always liked."
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