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Lazio chief Massimo Cragnotti, the son of the cash-strapped club’s president Sergio, has stated that none of the club’s star players would be sold when the the transfer window re-opens in January.

Lazio are in dire financial straits at present and there had been speculation that they would be forced to sell their most-prized assets to alleviate their woes.

Among those linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico, are Stefano Fiore, Jaap Stam, Juan Pablo Sorin and Claudio Lopez. The loss of these players would be a significant blow to coach Roberto Mancini, who has worked wonders to take the club to the top of Serie A.

However, according to Cragnotti, talk of a player exodus is premature, and no one is going anywhere.

“We will not be selling anyone in January. We will keep this squad until the end of the season. These boys can give us real satisfaction,” said Cragnotti.

“A lot has been said about our club which is not true. We are not close to bankruptcy, we are a healthy outfit.

“We have numerous creditors and we have respected the payments to other clubs such as Manchester United and Valencia regarding transfer fees.”

Meanwhile, rumours that the club was about to be sold to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has been denied by Cragnotti.

“There are no talks in progress with Murdoch,” confirmed Cragnotti.

“And there will beno summit with him in the week. If there is a buyer then they are welcome to step forward but for now there is nothing to report.”

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