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Veron more in Rome than in Manchester Posted April 3, 2002 - 15:38 by Mattias
Veron's future at Manchester United will be in doubt yet again after the Argentinian midfielder was seen at Lazio's Formello training ground on Tuesday. As his team-mates produced a magnificent performance in Spain to defeat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0, United's record signing headed for Rome, presumably with the chief aim of receiving treatment on an Achilles problem. Although he played, and scored, for Argentina in their draw with Cameroon last week, Veron has not featured for the Premiership champions since being substituted after his error gifted Middlesbrough a victory which looks like going a large way to costing Sir Alex Ferguson's side another title.
Rumours in England suggested that the South American had been spotted at an airport boarding a train to Rome, and Italian sources have confirmed this information. The 26-year-old arrived at Formello with close pal Hernan Crespo, himself said to be a target for United, and reportedly spoke with Massimo Cragnotti.
The official line is that Veron was receiving treatment from Lazio doctors, whom have looked after him in the past, and is perhaps feasible, but there seems no reason to ignore the extensive medical attention available at Old Trafford. Argentinian sources claim Veron has Ferguson's approval to link up with Lazio physio Andrea Campi and to remain under his supervision for four or five days in the Italian capital.
However, with Crespo now admitting he wants to stay at Stadio Olimpico, the constant speculation concerning a summer return for his friend will continue unabated. "I remain with Lazio," Crespo affirmed. "I want to win the World Cup with Argentina and then I will return to play in this shirt. "I am very well in Rome and have no intention of moving. "Cragnotti will construct a great Lazio side."
As separate rumours claim Veron was the subject of a furious outburst from Red Devils skipper Roy Keane, following his mistake against Middlesbrough, the future of United's biggest-ever signing remains shrouded in doubt. The Old Trafford faithful, as a whole, would prefer the exceptionally gifted midfielder to be given another year to adapt to the English game and show his undisputed class.
However, the regular returns to Rome are not helping the player's bid to truly work his way into the hearts of the United supporters, nor has his recent form aided his cause after a terrific opening to his Red Devils career. With Roy Keane and David Beckham nursing injuries after the Riazor success on Tuesday, Ferguson needs Veron ready, focused and committed to the cause of helping the side chase success on two fronts.