Last Updated: Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:26
Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has revealed that Lazio compromised on price when Libor Kozak asked to leave for Aston Villa.
The 24-year-old striker, who Villa snapped up in a £6m deal last week, arrived in the Italian capital as a teenager in 2008.
He was never a prolific striker for Lazio in Serie A but did manage to score seven goals in the Europa League last season, where he attracted the attention of Villa scouts.
Tare, impressed with Kozak's commitment, thanked the 6ft 4in targetman for the professional manner in which he conducted himself when in Rome.
"Kozak to Aston Villa? He had asked to go away and we satisfied him by lowering our financial demands," Tare told Lazio Style Radio.
"I thank him for what he gave to Lazio, he is one of the most professional players I've ever known."
Villa have an abundance of strikers following the summer additions of Kozak and Nicklas Helenius, which is already leading some to speculate that Christian Benteke could be off in January with Arsenal his most likely destination.
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