‘This guy didn’t understand anything’: Ciro Immobile slams Unai Emery after he was left out of his Sevilla team before becoming one of the world’s most prolific strikers at Lazio
- Ciro Immobile was out of favour under the management of Unai Emery at Sevilla
- The striker was loaned out to Torino before joining Lazio after one year in Spain
- Immobile has become one of the most prolific strikers in the Serie A ever since
Lazio star Ciro Immobile has slammed Unai Emery after a frustrating spell under the Spanish manager at Sevilla.
The Italian signed for Sevilla at the start of the 2015-16 season, but he felt as though he was not given enough chances by Emery before he was loaned out to Torino halfway through his maiden season.
He was then shipped out to Lazio in the summer of 2016, and has proved himself as a goalscorer of the highest quality with 116 goals in 167 club appearances.
Ciro Immobile has slammed former manager Unai Emery after a failed stint at Sevilla
Unai Emery loaned out Immobile to Torino halfway through his first season before selling him
On his Instagram, Immobile revealed that he felt Emery was the main problem for his failed spell at the LaLiga club.
He said: ‘I felt bad, I didn’t have many chances. In January I thought of leaving but Emery asked me to stay.
‘At first I went out and scored two goals straight away, but then Emery took me out again and I thought, ‘This guy didn’t understand anything’.
‘Let’s just say that when you don’t feel like a part of the group, everything is useless.’
His discontent in Seville was put to bed with his £7.6 million move to the Serie A club.
He was straight in on the goals during his time at the club in Rome, scoring 26 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions in his maiden season.
Things worked out well for the Italian who has become one of the most prolific strikers
Immobile said: ‘I wanted (to join) the Biancocelesti at all costs, I was happy. I quickly felt great, I liked the team and manager,’ he added.
‘I came after Klose, but I didn’t commit the same error I made at Dortmund: Lewandowski left and I felt the responsibility, at Roma I preferred not to think about it.’
This season he inspired Lazio into a title challenging push against favourites Juventus, with the club just one point behind the league leaders before the coronavirus lockdown.
Until the break, he scored 27 goals, six goals more than his nearest competition, Cristiano Ronaldo.
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