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Zarate wants Lazio stay

ESPN staff

Argentine striker Mauro Zarate would like to continue his career at Lazio, if new manager Vladimir Petkovic wants him at the club.

• Lazio appoint Petkovic

Zarate, 25, spent an unproductive loan-spell at Inter Milan this season, playing under three different managers as the traditional giants stumbled to sixth position.

The former-Velez Sarsfield forward, though, hopes that president Claudio Lotito and Petkovic will bring him back into the fold at Lazio.

"My situation is clear: I am owned by Lazio. If there is a club who want me, we will talk about it," Zarate told Corriere dello Sport.

"If president Claudio Lotito wants to keep me, then that is fine. I will return to Lazio and give my best. I left Lazio because I did not get on with [former-manager] Edy Reja. If Lotito wants me, I would be very happy. We will see what happens."

Reja has since departed the Rome side, with Petkovic appointed as his replacement on Saturday.

Having played down reports of a summer move, Zarate also lamented the disappointing campaign with Inter at the San Siro.

With just three goals in all competitions, it was a tough season for Zarate personally, but no more than for the club as a whole.

"Everything went wrong. It was not a good season, not just for me," he added

"Aside from Diego Milito, who scored many goals, almost no one played at their true level. With three different coaches, it was a strange campaign, but that is over now. What I want is to play again and have fun."

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