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Lazio's Bresciano happy to call Rome home

Lazio midfielder Mark Bresciano says he is happy to call Rome home after landing in the Italian capital in July.

The 30-year old Australian signed with the Biancocelesti from Sicilian club Palermo despite interest from English Premier League clubs as well as from Turkish club Galatasaray and a Saudi Arabian club but decided that a stay in Italy was for him.

"I always wanted to remain in Italy, even though I had offers in other countries," Bresciano told Australian Football Weekly.

"It had a lot to do with the family because my wife's preference was to stay in Italy.

"There was interest from a couple of clubs in Italy, who I won't reveal out of respect, but I decided Lazio was probably the best move for me, club wise and city wise.

"I also had the offer from Saudi Arabia before the World Cup and that was close. Gala was also keen but that was word of mouth."

And Bresciano said a top-six finish for Lazio was the goal with the club keen to again qualify for European competition.

"We finished mid-table last season and our aim is to get back into Europe, which would be a big success," he concluded.

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