AS Roma director general Franco Baldini says they're delighted with the appointment of new coach Zdenek Zeman.

Baldini insists the former Pescara was a first-choice for the Roma board.

He declared: "More than a presentation, this is a welcome back for Zeman. Before saying anything else, I feel the need to wipe away misunderstandings on some issues. It's not true that Zeman is a second or third choice. He is our choice, we took the time to ponder every aspect carefully and had to discuss the matter with different people.

"He was not chosen because anyone else said no. In fact, it makes us very proud that all those we contacted were happy to go into a relationship with Roma.

"It was also said so many times that we picked Zeman because he brings the attractive football we were looking for last year, can get the best out of young players and bring fans back to the stadium.

"They are all legitimate reasons, but too often the media forgot to highlight the crucial one: it's because he deserves it. This season he made the entire city of Pescara fall in love with his football.

"It is also true that we had proposed Zeman become the new chief of our youth academy, before Pescara came along with their offer."