Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij looks likely to leave in June with his contract renewal having been withdrawn, according to the the Italian club’s sporting director.

His current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and negotiations for an extension have dragged on.

It means that De Vrij would be a free agent after June.

“Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij,” Lazio’s sporting director Igli Tare revealed.

“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on. It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that as well as what he’ll do until the end of the season. He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.”

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