Bianchi close to City exit

23 January 2008 04:50
Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchiis on the verge of completing his loan switch to Lazio. The 24-year-old moved to Eastlands from Reggina in an £8.8million deal last summer but has struggled to settle in England. Bianchi will sign a loan deal with the Rome-based outfit until the end of the season, when Lazio will have the option of a permanent £9million move. Lazio spokesman Giacomo Mazzocchi said: "There are still all the practicalities left to sort out, such as the medical and signing the contract, but the deal should be completed on Wednesday or Thursday." Bianchi, who has scored five goals in 24 appearances for City this season, spoke of his unhappiness with life in England last month. He said immediately after Christmas: "I am learning the language but I have raised the white flag with English food. I don't like it. "I think I am the only tea-totaller in the whole Premier League. My team-mates were surprised when I refused a mouthful of beer. "They looked at me as if I was an extra-terrestrial. Tastes are tastes and I have chosen for some time - no beer, no wine, no alcopops. "I want to be a top European striker. After 18 goals with Reggina last season, I want to get into double figures in the Premier League. "Then I will pack my bags and look for a new adventure. I would like to play for Atletico Madrid and also score 15 goals or so in La Liga."

Source: ESA