After a loan spell in Denmark last term, the 20-year-old marked his return to the Rome-based club by scoring twice in 20 minutes in a recent pre-season friendly that included an impressive curling free-kick.

Reports in Italy have linked the Sydney-born youngster with Salernitana, with whom he was on loan during the 2014-15 season, as well as fellow Serie B duo Carpi and Venezia.

However, Ikonomidis has ignored the speculation and is purely concentrating on performing with his current club.

 “At the moment, I’m just focusing on what I’m doing day to day and I’m training hard with Lazio under my coach Simone Inzaghi,” he said speaking exclusively to FourFourTwo.

“Of course, it’s the middle of the transfer season at the moment, so there is always rumours and interest but at the moment I’m just focusing on my time with Lazio.”

After a shoulder complaint hampered his progress last campaign, the exciting youngster revealed that he is back to full fitness and looking to do well this season. 

"I want to have a really good season with my club,” he said. "I want to score a lot of goals and get as many assists as I can and play a lot of football for my country also. 

“Physically I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. I’ve just used the month that I had in the off-season to get into shape and get over my injuries and to come back in really strong form and I’m feeling really good.”

Ever since Ikonomidis made his debut for Lazio during the 2015/16 campaign, the Greek-Australian has found it challenging breaking into the Biancocelesti‘s first team squad.

Limited opportunities in a team full of international stars saw the skilful attacker spend the 2016/17 campaign with Danish side AGF Aarhus.

And Ikonomidis feels that that period he spent plying his trade in a top-flight European league will provide a platform for him to thrive this season.

“It was a great experience for me,” he said. “I learned a lot. I played a lot of games and Lazio were happy with me for going out and getting that experience and playing well in the first division.

 “So, it was all a positive experience that will give me more tools to go into the next season stronger and better than ever."

While it may seem a daunting task to break into a squad that contains international stars such as Felipe Anderson, Keita Balde Diao and now Lucas Leiva, the 22-year-old doesn’t appear fazed by the situation.

 “All it takes is for you to work hard and to take your chances when you get them and just bide your time,” he said.

“The Serie A is one of the best leagues in the world and Lazio is a very big club so it’s a very high standard here and there are players with values of more than 30 million Euros.

“But football is a funny game and you never know what’s going to happen. Hopefully I can do well here and that also produces a positive result with the national team.”