The experienced Czech coach says he feels right at home in the Italian capital, but admits he does not yet know how the squad will be shaped for the new season
The Czech will succeed Luis Enrique in the Giallorossi hotseat after signing a two-year deal following his work in promoting Pescara to Serie A over the past season.
However, it also sees the trainer go back to the side he managed between 1997 and 1999, and he claims he was always destined to finish off what he started at the Olimpico.
"I am happy, I would like to thank the club for the trust," he told reporters at a press conference. "I knew I would return sooner or later.
"I hope the club and I will collaborate to build something together. I feel this city as if it is my own. I am happy to have returned."
Zeman went on to admit that he has not yet drawn up a complete list of reinforcements he wants to pursue, but hinted at rebuilding the team slowly rather than simply splashing the cash.
"A coach always wants to have players who want to learn and improve," he explained. "I am not saying that the older players will not have a place. Aldair, in my previous spell here, played very well.
"The transfer market will reopen in July, so we will figure out those who will come and those who will leave.
"I do not know yet how the team will look, we must still build it. I hope that I can build a squad that adapts to the club's project.
"Francesco Totti? He is a player of the squad and I will treat him the same way I treat the rest."
Roma finished seventh in Serie A, with 56 points from 38 matches, and will not compete in Europe next season.