New Lazio signing Stefan Radu admits he wants to repeat the success of Inter's Romania international Cristian Chivu.

The former Dinamo Bucharest defender said: "I am already settling in well, my only problem is the language.

"I consider myself a committed player who works very hard. I came here to play and not to sit on the sidelines and watch.

"Chivu is my idol and I would love to follow in his footsteps."

Radu, who has signed with Lazio on-loan, added: "The players gave me a warm welcome and I am happy to be at Lazio.

"This is an important club and I remember the strong side that deserved to win the Champions League preliminary round."