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It was reported overnight that the Biancocelesti boss' position was under threat after a poor run of results and it has now been claimed that he tried to step down on Wednesday

Lazio have reportedly rejected Edy Reja's offer to resign as coach ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Atletico Madrid.

According to Sky Sport24, the under-fire Biancocelesti boss informed the club of his decision to step down via fax on Wednesday.

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However, for the second time this season, Lazio rejected Reja's resignation offer and he will be on the bench for the meeting with Atletico at the Vicente Calderon.

According to reports, though, Reja's future remains uncertain and it has been claimed that, unless the Biancocelesti overturn their 3-1 first-leg deficit against Atleti, the 66-year-old Italian will part company with the club on Friday.

Reja has endured a fractious relationship with the Lazio board and he is said to have clashed with president Claudio Lotito over the club's parsimony during the January transfer window.

The coach offered to walk away from the Stadio Olimpico after a home defeat by Genoa back in September, but he was talked into staying by both Lotito and the club's players.

Lazio were routed 5-1 in Palermo at the weekend but remain fourth in the table, level on points with third-placed Udinese, and still well in contention for a Champions League place.

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