Lazio president Claudio Lotito has welcomed new coach Stefano Pioli.

Edy Reja left Lazio last week to be replaced by Pioli.

"This was a deliberate choice, weighted, based on the professionalism and morality of the person and on the technical qualities, of course," Lotito said.

"This is a choice made for now, not a case or linked to economic values, but to the quality of the person and he was who we were looking for at Lazio.

"The purpose of our choice was to find a person who had high technical and moral qualities and the right enthusiasm to trigger a process of substantial change within the system.

"The discussions were done in person, completely. Our confirmations have been made in the choice of Pioli, whilst it has been endorsed by Reja."

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