Manchester United academy graduate on the verge of quitting his club
By Italy correspondent Gianluigi Carrozzini
Ravel Morrison’s Lazio future is in doubt after he left the club’s training ground without permission to return to England, Football Insider sources understand.
The 22-year-old failed to make the starting X1 for the Italian club’s Europa League game against Dnipro on Thursday night.
A Lazio source told Football Insider that the former Manchester United wonderkid then left the club’s training headquarters without permission to attend to a family issue.
It is the latest in a number of occasions this season that Morrison has abruptly left the Serie A outfit’s base without their prior assent.
The former England Under-21 international, who joined Lazio on a free transfer earlier in the summer when his contract at West Ham had expired, has made only three appearances in Serie A this season and just six in total.
He is contracted to the Italian club until 2019 but is said to have a lukewarm relationship with the manager Stefano Pioli.
Morrison started training with Lazio in February ahead of his official move in June, but reports during the summer claimed Morrison was unsettled and was looking to return to England to play for former club Queens Park Rangers — which Morrison later denied.
The United academy graduate has had a chequered career since leaving Old Trafford for West Ham in 2012. He subsequently had loan spells at Birmingham, QPR and Cardiff but showed only glimpses of his potential at the clubs.
Morrison made his competitive debut for Lazio in a 3-0 Champions League play-off defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in August when he came on as a second-half substitute.
Lazio, who sit top of Europa League Group G, are already qualified for the next round of the competition.