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Lalkovic loaned to Saddlers

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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:51:00

Mauro Zarate has slammed Lazio president Claudio Lotito following the striker's recent exit from the Serie A outfit.

The 26-year-old has returned to Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield, the club where he started his career after spending four years in Serie A.

Zarate only made five appearances for Lazio in all competitions last season and he delivered a parting shot at Lotito upon his exit.

"Why have I come home? I needed to feel important, to feel liked - the last days were very hard for me," he said.

"In November, I had been training for the last time with the team and already I felt no confidence. I had not played a single minute in 15 games.

"I watched a game and then I went to the bathroom to cry, it's terrible when they don't let you do what you want."

"The blame is on Lotito and a few players, in addition to the coach, it is them who make the decisions.

"The president failed to meet agreements and did want to pay me. He didn't want me in his team but would not let me leave either. Lotito hurts the club and devalues the objectives of Lazio."

Brazil stopper Cesar has been linked with a season-long loan to Napoli as he aims to safeguard his international place ahead of next summer's World Cup finals.

And newspaper reports on Tuesday claimed Hull manager Steve Bruce wants playmaker Taarabt on similar terms.

But Redknapp has told interested clubs to make a cash offer or forget about signing either player.

In regards to Cesar, he told Sky Sports News: "I can't see the sense in loaning him for a year. He's got three years left on his contract, he's just played for Brazil in the Confederations Cup and been absolutely fantastic.

"I think he's a goalkeeper for any team in the world he's that good, so to loan him out for a year and then have him back is absolutely pointless.

"What's the point in loaning him for a year then getting him back on massive wages for another two years? He's in his prime at the moment, I'm sure he's wanted by lots of clubs around the world.

"If he wants to leave, we sell him. Napoli are not short of money, they're just selling Cavani for £54million, so if they want him surely they've got to come and do a deal.

"We have to do a deal that suits the football club and not deals that suit agents and other people."

On Taarabt, he said: "There's talk about him going to Hull on loan. What's the good in that? If he wants to go, let somebody come and pay the money for him.

"If nobody wants to buy him, he stays here and he gets fit. He has to show he's a good player and help to get QPR back in the Premier League.

"If he really wants to go that bad and someone wants him - pick up the phone, make an offer and we'll do some business. No problem."

The 20-year-old, who spent the first half of last season with Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal, has also spent time on loan with Doncaster and ADO Den Haag.

"He is a player that I have tried to sign on loan a couple of times previously," manager Dean Smith told the club's official website.

"I am delighted to finally be able to bring him here. He's a goalscorer with tremendous pace who knows where to run and has been well schooled in the game.

"He's highly-rated at Chelsea and will certainly bring a threat. He is a welcome addition to the squad."

Lalkovic, who will join up with the Saddlers until 4 January 2014, has been with Chelsea since the age of 14.

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