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The 68-year-old, who stood down as coach in 2012, has admitted that he is ready to replace Vladimir Petkovic at the helm of the Biancocelesti

Edoardo Reja has all but confirmed that he is returning to the Stadio Olimpico to take charge of Lazio.

Current coach Vladimir Petkovic has yet to be officially removed from his position but the 50-year-old, who has been under pressure because of the capital club's poor performances this season, announced earlier this month that he had agreed to take charge of Switzerland after next summer's World Cup.

It has been widely reported that Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito had lined up Reja as an immediate replacement and the former Napoli coach has now publicly stated that he is looking forward to going back to Rome.

"Lazio and I can achieve some great things together, starting from this season,” the 68-year-old told La Repubblica

Reja spent two years at the Stadio Olimpico before resigning as Lazio boss in the summer of 2012 - despite the best efforts of Lotito.

The Biancocelesti, who won the Coppa Italia last season under Petkovic, are currently languishing in 10th place in Serie A.

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