Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva was happy to pen a new deal earlier this month.

Candreva put pen to paper on a five-year deal last week, tying himself to the Biancocelesti until 2018.

"I am very happy to have renewed with Lazio," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"I thank the club for giving me this opportunity and hope to remain here as long as possible. We started the season a little slowly, but we're fully aware of what a good team we are.

"The real Lazio has already been seen this term, albeit in fits and starts, so we hope to have our game against Atalanta.

"We need to plug ourselves right back in, though it's not easy after a break for international duty."

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